CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland – Police have charged two teenagers with assault after a 14-year-old student was seriously injured at Corner Brook Intermediate. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary responded to a disturbance at the school on Thursday morning, where the student had to be taken to the hospital. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, and two young people have been taken into custody in connection with the incident.
A 15-year-old male youth faces a charge of assault causing bodily harm, while a 14-year-old female youth faces a charge of assault. Const. James Cadigan of the RNC described the incident as a “violent event,” emphasizing that it goes beyond bullying and constitutes a criminal offense.
The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and the RNC is urging anyone with information to come forward. While the frequency of school violence in Newfoundland and Labrador is not specified, Cadigan mentioned previous incidents in the region. He highlighted the importance of parental involvement in teaching children about consent and the potential traumatic effects of violent incidents on mental health.
The Department of Education emphasized its commitment to the safety of students, teachers, and staff but refrained from commenting further due to privacy reasons. The two youths charged have been released to appear in provincial court at a later date.
Incidents like these underscore the complexities of school safety and the impact of violent events on the well-being of young people and adults. It is a pertinent reminder for parents, educators, and authorities to address the underlying issues of violence and ensure the protection of students in educational environments.