14-year-old arrested in another attack on Mission B.C. school grounds

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RCMP investigating after another Mission student alleges bullying at school
One day after a massive socially distanced display of solidarity for a teen bullying victim, the Mission school district is reviewing its protocols as RCMP investigate a separate alleged incident of student bullying. Catherine Urquhart reports, and a warning, the images in this story are disturbing – Jan 18, 2021

Warning: This story and its video contain details that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised. 

Mission RCMP confirmed Monday a student has been arrested following another case of violence on school grounds.

Cpl. Jason Raaflaub said a 14-year-old student from Heritage Park Middle School was arrested and has since been released pending an investigation.

He said the assault appears to have taken place last Wednesday at Mission Secondary and was again captured on video.

“One [female] was standing over the other female who was on the ground — and there were punches and kicks being throw,” Raaflaub said, adding the victim is a 15-year-old who goes to Mission Secondary.
“On a case by case basis, we would encourage the parents, if it is concerning to come forward and talk to us at the office. As far as the ongoing issues (of bullying/assaults), we need to be aware of it to step in and help.”
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Mission RCMP will be recommending one charge of assault in this case, Raaflaub said.
On Sunday, a large crowd turned out at a drive-by rally near the Mission raceway in support of a 13-year-old transgender Mission student seen being attacked in a video shot on school grounds.

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Thousands show their support for Mission teen targeted in attack

The incident that prompted the rally happened on Monday, Jan. 11 at Ecole Heritage Park Middle School in Mission.

Two teen girls were arrested last week, after the video circulated on social media. Two people can be seen kicking and punching the victim, while a crowd of onlookers laughs, jeers and encourages them.

The victim’s mother told Global News last week that her daughter has faced bullying for months, despite the school’s effort to help.

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Two teens arrested in relation to disturbing attack video

In a statement to Global News, Mission School Board chair Tracy Loffler said they take incidents like these ones very seriously.

“Mission Public Schools takes violent incidents seriously and responds appropriately in all cases,” she said. “Suspensions are used, as well as restorative justice, RCMP involvement, and external agency supports, as necessary. To say that violent incidents lead to a 1-2 day suspension is not accurate. The Board will be reviewing district practices and looking for trends and causes of behaviours.”

-With files from Simon Little and Paul Johnson

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