Police deem video of alleged assault at St. Michael's school to be child pornography

Nov 15 2018, 1:47 pm

Toronto police say they’re investigating an alleged assault involving students at St. Michael’s College School, which resulted in students being expelled.

In a statement, St. Michael’s College said to its “shock and dismay” it recently learned of “two incidents that were in clear violation” of its Student Code of Conduct.

According to the statement, the school “promptly conducted an internal investigation, including meeting individually with the students involved and their parents.”

“As a result, swift and decisive disciplinary action has taken place, including expulsions,” the school said in a statement.

“The school has zero tolerance for such behaviour.”

On Wednesday, November 14, the Toronto police said officers from 13 Division and the Child & Youth Advocacy Centre were made aware of the alleged assault, and said they believe a video depicting the assault is being circulated.

Police say, investigators from the Child Exploitation Section have been consulted and have determined the video meets the definition of child pornography.

Because of this, anyone who has this video is in possession of child pornography and police say the video must be deleted immediately and cannot be shared with anyone.

St. Michael’s College School was founded in 1852 by the Basilian Fathers and stands as Ontario’s only independent Catholic high school for men in grades 7-12.

The school is known for its athletic programs, alumni include NHL hockey legends Frank Mahovlich and Tim Horton.

The investigation continues and anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2922, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online.

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