A Nanaimo mother is furious and demanding justice for her 15 year old son who was attacked in a high school hallway by Grade 12 students.
It happened Friday morning in John Barsby Community School.
The teen required treatment in hospital, and his family says his attackers are known bullies that many students have become victims of.
Melanie Allercott can’t believe what’s happened to her son.
“My son’s in grade nine. He’s 15 years old and three grade 12 football players attacked him. And when I seen the video it’s heartbreaking,” says the Nanaimo mother.
Cell phone video captured Friday morning in the hallway of John Barsby Community School, shows a blow that slams the 15 year old’s head to the ground.
“Apparently my son was just walking down the hall and he heard hey we want to talk to you and when trying to be a man or whatever turned around and they stepped on his feet and they circled him,” she says.
Nanaimo RCMP are now recommending charges against two senior students and the victim has been released from hospital with a concussion and bruising.
“I must have blanked out because I don’t remember,” the victim, whose name we are protecting says. “I have no idea what happened. Apparently I was on his shoulders and he dropped me on my back or something. Yeah that’s what I’ve been told. Oh wow. You don’t remember. I never got to throw one punch. I just closed my eyes I guess.”
But Alisha Allercott says her son has also been bullied by the grade 12 student just arrested for this.
“He has bullied quite a few children and it’s just, it’s unfair. Like how does he keep getting away with this,” says Allercott.
So we asked the school district what’s been done about the football player’s behaviour, but they say privacy rules won’t allow them to discuss details about any student.
“Any incident like this is treated very seriously and I have full support of the RCMP,” says Asst. Supt. Scott Saywell of the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District.
But the lack of details adds to this mother’s worry.
“They won’t say not a word about these other kids. But me I wanna know what type of action they’re going to take on these kids. They should be expelled. They’re on the football team, I think they should be kicked out of football,” says Melanie Allercott.
Still injured her 15 year old son plans to return to school tomorrow, so he doesn’t look weak she says. Whether his attackers will be there as well, the school has not revealed.