On May 31, 2019, RCMP in Surrey, British Columbia were investigating a distributing video that was posted on Facebook. The video showed a group of teenage boys confronting and assaulting another boy. The Surrey students who assaulted the boy have been removed from school after a video of the attack surfaced.
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The video, originally posted by the victim's father on Facebook, has since been taken down. A copy of the video has been obtained by Global news and can be watched on their website.
In the video, you can see a group of teenage boys confronting another student in a wooded area. The boy in the video is forced to get on his knees and kiss the feet of another student.
The video ends before he was allegedly kicked in the face by one of the students.
See parts of the video below. To watch the full video, visit Global News' website.
The victim's father, Paul Pederson, explained that his grade nine son was “attacked by at least 10 other older kids” outside of Fraser Heights Secondary School. He claimed the attack was related to an incident that had nothing to do with his son.
According to the Vancouver Sun, the incident that lead to the attack on the grade nine boy was regarding a fight that had happened among a group of teens involving an airsoft gun.
The weapon was discovered in the bushes by school staff and seized. Three days later, the grade nine victim was taken behind the school, threatened and assaulted.
"Today my son who is a good student at Fraser Heights secondary in grade 9 was attacked by at least 10 older kids for an altercation that had nothing to do with him other than association to one of the involved parties," he wrote in the caption of his now taken down video.
"He was brought to the back area of the school near the tennis courts by a trusted friend no less and threatened with weapons to get on his knees and kiss the feet of his attackers and then kicked in the face afterwards.”
Someone can be heard saying, “That’s what you get for snitching, bro,” in the video.
According to the Vancouver Sun, RCMP have identified the parties responsible and the Surrey school district has started disciplinary proceedings. The students have since been removed from the school until the process reaches an end. This could take until the end of the school year.
While they have been removed, they have not been expelled. An alternative education program has been put in place so they can continue their education.
The students will not face any charges and instead, they have agreed to participate in the Surrey RCMP restorative justice and youth intervention program. This program aims at bringing accountability to the suspects by showing the harm they have caused.