The Limestone District School Board has responded after a video showing one student aggressing against another at an area high school was circulated widely on social media.
The video, which claims to have be taken in the halls of Napanee District Secondary School, shows one student aggressively tackling another student to the floor. The attack appears to be premeditated, as the aggressor runs up and tackles the other student from behind before acknowledging the camera. Those sharing the video online called for the LDSB to take action on the bullying behaviour.
According to those with the LDSB, the Board is aware of the incident and has already taken action.
“The Board and school are aware of this incident. We acted immediately to launch an investigation and inform police,” the LDSB said in a statement to Kingstonist.
The LDSB is not able to share further details, as doing so would “violate the privacy of the students and families involved,” and because the matter is still under investigation by Lennox and Addington County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Board said.
“We can share that the students involved are uninjured, and safe, and we are working with everyone involved to ensure an incident like this does not happen again. The Board has procedures in place that set clear standards of behaviour which apply to all students, as well as procedures and guidelines for determining consequences for breaches of behavior and the code of conduct,” the Board said.
“The Board and staff at NDSS take such incidents seriously and will continue to work to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students.”
The LDSB also shared a message regarding the sharing of the video in question – or any similar videos – on social media platforms.
“We would also like remind students – and anyone – sharing information such as video and other commentary on social media platforms may come with consequences,” the Board said. “Making threats or encouraging assaultive behavior may result in criminal investigation or charges.”
UPDATE (Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, 1:55 p.m.): The Lennox and Addington Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have released the following statement in relation to this incident:
The Lennox & Addington (L&A) County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is aware of the incident and is actively investigating the circumstances surrounding the recorded interaction.
The social media posts have generated a number of responses. Some of those responses are threatening in nature or suggest/promote a course of action by way of retribution against the alleged perpetrator. It is very important that everyone remain cognizant that their online activity may subject them to criminal liability in the real-world. The OPP discourages, in the strongest terms, any form of vigilantism in response to this, or any other, incident. It is very important to remember that social media posts often lack complete context and there can often be a great deal of relevant information that isn’t available to the viewer.
Based on the results of their investigation, OPP have charged a 16-year-old Greater Napanee youth with one count of assault contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the L&A County OPP detachment at 613-354-3369, or toll free at 1-888-310-1122.
Kingstonist will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as information becomes available.