6 youths charged with ‘multiple hate-motivated offences’ after assault near Gloucester High School
Ottawa police say six youths are facing robbery and intimidation charges after a September 8 assault near Gloucester High School.
Police announced the charges in a news release on Monday, saying the « multiple hate-motivated offenses » at stake also include conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
The investigation involved his flight unit, youth-focused officers and the school board, he said.
A petition has emerged in response to a video that first surfaced on social media showing a student at Gloucester High School being pushed to the ground and kicked by a number of teenagers.
The petition says the attack happened near the high school on Ogilvie Road and was « allegedly motivated by hate and for racial reasons ».
According to a spokesperson for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB), the charges relate to the assault seen in the video.
OCDSB launches internal investigation
The OCDSB is undertaking its own internal investigation, according to a statement emailed Monday evening.
“We would like to thank the Ottawa Police Service for their work investigating the assault of a student, which took place off school property near Gloucester High School in September, » the statement read. “We would also like to express our gratitude to everyone who has shared information about this.”
The council said it had discussed the assault with the students, but also requested confidentiality from the student and his family.
Unable to discuss many specifics due to youth criminal justice laws, the OCDSB said its own internal policy « sets out a range of progressive disciplinary actions, up to and including expulsion. »
CBC asked investigators for more information about whether the charges were related to the video and asked for details of the charges considered hate-motivated.