RCMP say three teenage boys have been arrested for assault after a fight at Cowichan Secondary School in Duncan on Monday.
A fourth youth is expected to be arrested in connection with the fight. Cpl. Tammy Douglas, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, said the three youths have been released on a promise to appear with an undertaking.
The teenage boys are under conditions to abstain from contact with the victim and each other, keep the peace and be of good behaviour. Assault charges are being recommended and the youths will appear in court on Feb. 8.
A video of the fight was posted online and quickly circulated on social media. Some Indigenous parents worried the school fight was fuelled, at least in part, by racism.
However, on Thursday afternoon, Cowichan Secondary School posted a picture of the two boys involved in the fight. The school said the boys wanted people to know they are rugby teammates and are “good with each other.” The school said for the two boys, it was not about race.
“It is over,” the Facebook post said.
A joint statement was also released on Thursday by the Duncan Mayor Phil Kent, Municipality of North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure, Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour and Katie McLaughlin of the Cowichan Valley School District that said they had met to address concerns about racism in the community.
The group said it plans to develop measures for additional programs and services to make the area a more inclusive place to live in. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are continuing their investigation into the incident.