Two teenage girls were arrested following a bullying incident at a middle school in Mission earlier this week, and now police said they will be recommending charges against the pair.
According to Mission RCMP Cpl. Jason Raaflaub, police first became aware of the incident at Ecole Heritage Park Middle School after the 14-year-old victim and her parent came to the detachment this past Monday to report what had happened.
“Investigators began an investigation based on the information that was provided, inclusive of a social media video clip,” Raaflaub told Daily Hive. “As a result of this investigation, two young females, approximately 14-years-old as well, were arrested without incident.”
Raaflaub said the pair was subsequently released with pending court appearances in the Abbotsford Court House for late March 2021.
“The Mission RCMP are recommending criminal charges of Assault for one of the females and Assault along with Uttering Threats for the other,” he said.
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In a statement, Mission School Board Chair Tracy Loffler said the board is “appalled by the assault of a student at the school” and is taking the incident “very seriously.”
The district, “does not tolerate bullying, harassment, or violence” and students have a right to attend school in “a safe and inclusive manner,” she said.
In light of this incident, Loffler said the board is reviewing its policies and procedures “to ensure we have a safe, equitable, and inclusive education system for all students.”
The community is also holding an anti-bullying rally at Heritage Park Secondary on January 18.
Raaflaub said the file remains active and anyone with information and or video that may assist with the investigation should contact the Mission non-emergency line at 604-826-7161.