Reaction to our story of a 15-year-old Nanaimo boy being attacked in a school hallway has been overwhelming and the justice his mother hoped for her son is being delivered swiftly.
Injured and not knowing what he faced, the 15-year-old grade nine student attacked in a John Barsby Community School Hallway braved his first day back to school Tuesday. Even though his school wouldn’t reveal if his accused attackers would be there or if they had been punished in any way for this.
“I want to know what’s going on my son was hurt,” the victim’s mother Melanie Allercott told CHEK News Monday.
But since that story aired, the fallout for those accused of attacking him Friday morning has now been severe.
“Those students are not in the building at this time and until our investigation concludes they will remain out,” says Superintendent of Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District John Blain.
RCMP are recommending charges of assault against two senior students that were captured on the school’s school surveillance video and another is being questioned, over the Friday morning incident.
“It breaks my heart for the boy that has been injured and for the boys that have been involved but we are a zero tolerance team,” says Glenn Cook, General Manager of the VI Raiders Football Club.
One of those facing charges it turns out was a promising looking recruit for the Vancouver Island Raiders Football team. Until the team saw our report.
The team is as famous for its many championships as appearing at charity events, and being honoured members of Nanaimo’s community.
“So at this point we have suspended the recruit 100 per cent pending the investigation by the RCMP and we’ll deal with that after the investigation is complete,” says Cook. “You take this dead seriously?” we ask. “Absolutely we do not condone any form of violence, bullying.”
An investigation is also underway at John Barsby Community School and at the district level to determine if reports of chronic bullying by one of those accused was appropriately dealt with before this.
Restoring a little bit of this mother’s faith that when she drops her son off at school, he’ll be safe.