A Comox Valley teen wonders if police could have done more to prevent the stabbing of three teenagers on Saturday.
The incident happened at around 9:45 p.m. during a bush party of between 20 and 50 kids on Pritchard Road in an area known locally as the “sandpit.”
Three teens suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries after they were stabbed by another teenager, who was later arrested by Comox Valley RCMP
Two victims were airlifted to Victoria while one teen was transported by ground to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.
Now, a teenage friend of the victims is speaking out, telling CHEK News the suspect threatened one of the victims more than a month ago and that she reported it to RCMP.
The teen, who CHEK News has chosen not to identify in order to protect her safety, says she became aware of the potential for a stabbing before it happened because of a text thread shared with her over a month ago.
“I knew that he was actually going to because there’s a lot of detailed stuff that not anyone that would just be joking would go that far for and it was just really scary and I had to step in.”
Her worst fears were realized on Saturday night.
“Of course I was concerned and had a feeling he would but just knowing that he did that, not just to one but three boys, it was so hard to hear. I felt sick to my stomach,” she said, adding that she reported it to RCMP.
Now she wonders if the police could have done more.
“I really think they could’ve kept a better eye on him instead of just letting him away with a warning because I think that really could’ve helped prevent what happened that night.”
RCMP released a statement today saying they did follow up immediately after her report on March 2.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances presented during the investigation, no criminal charges were considered. Police worked with the youth, parents, and the school district to mitigate safety risks to both the accused and the suspect moving forward,” the RCMP said in a statement.
Although all three victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries, they are expected to recover.