Grade eleven student target of alleged assault
A Nanaimo woman says her daughter’s school is not safe.
Julie Neufeld is pulling her 16 year old out of Wellington Secondary School after what she says are weeks of bullying.
One incident of alleged assault was captured on video and posted to social media.
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Mary Griffin reports.
The bruising is still evident under her left eye.
Six days ago, an assault left 16 year old Briana Neufeld with a minor concussion, and possible hairline fracture in her leg.
Her mother Julie says it could have been much worse.
“I don’t think that these teenagers realize how severe and how quickly something can go wrong.”
And she’s not going back to Wellington Secondary School.
This is why.
Briana is attacked, knocked to the ground, and her head repeatedly hit on the pavement.
Filmed by a student at the scene, it’s later posted to the alleged assailant’s Facebook page and set to music.
“When this happened you thought you were going to meet someone you considered a pretty good friend at one time?”
“And did anyone help you when this occurred?”
The RCMP were contacted by Neufeld, and the school’s vice-principal.
Nanaimo RCMP Cpl. John Stuart says the sharing of the video is concerning, but it’s a valuable piece of evidence for their investigation.
“We have located the female suspect in this case and she was arrested the following day.
And she has a court date to appear in the future.”
Video taken earlier this year at Nanaimo’s John Barsby Community School shows a grade nine student’s head being slammed into the floor.
RCMP recommended assault charges against the two grade 12 students.
The 15 year old suffering a concussion and bruising.
Neufeld says she’s also upset with the alleged suspect’s behaviour.
“I’ve heard she’s kind of wearing it as a badge of honor right now.
There are people who back the bully.
That take the video, that edit the video, that post the video.
They still think it’s cool.”
“Is there a message that you would like to get out?”
“Um, I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else for me.”
For the rest of the year, Briana will be going to school in a different province.