West Shore RCMP are asking people to review their surveillance footage after a reported stabbing on Ruth King Elementary School grounds late Wednesday night.
Emergency crews were called to the school at 2764 Jacklin Road in Langford just after 11 p.m. Police have confirmed there was an altercation between two groups of youths and one youth was taken to hospital with knife wounds.
Witnesses reported that the incident was a stabbing.
West Shore RCMP Serious Crimes Unit are investigating the incident as an aggravated assault. Police believe there were two groups of youths walking on Goldstream Avenue between Peatt Road and Matson Road between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Police are asking residents and business owners in the area that have surveillance cameras to review their footage between those times.
Anyone with footage or anyone with information who hasn’t spoken to police is asked to call West Shore RCMP at 250-474-2264 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
West Shore RCMP said this year, they have received a “vast amount of calls for service involving chronic youth offenders whose ages range from 12 to 19.” According to police, the calls include disturbances, breaking and entering, theft as well as mischief to properties and assault.
West Shore RCMP are now planning to town hall meeting where parents/guardians of at-risk youth will be invited to find out resources are available to their family. The meeting will not be public to protect the privacy of the families.
“When identifying an at-risk youth we look at the number of interactions they have had with police as a result of complaints from the public. Nearly all of the youth identified as being at-risk have had upwards of 20 interactions with police. You have to consider that if these youth have had 20 plus interactions with the police, they have likely had other forms of disciplinary action prior to the police, either from their school administrators and/or their parents/guardians,” Const. Don McIntosh of the West Shore Community Policing section said.