Stu­dents as­saulted at ‘Rosedale jams’

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing sources of gos­sip web­site as a per­son of in­ter­est

Annex Post - - NEWS - By Adam Stein­berg

Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice (TPS) is ad­vis­ing par­ents in Mid­town neigh­bour­hoods to be par­tic­u­larly vig­i­lant of par­ties their kids at­tend af­ter one high school gath­er­ing in Rosedale re­sulted in three re­ports of swarm­ing-style rob­beries and as­saults.

Ac­cord­ing to a TPS re­port, the par­ties are of­ten re­ferred to as “Rosedale jams.” These events are first be­ing ad­ver­tised on­line and on so­cial me­dia sites, which then pro­duce a turnout in the hun­dreds from across the city. This re­sults in many of the at­ten­dees be­ing strangers to each other.

On Sept. 16, a teenager be­tween the ages of 14 and 16 was robbed and stabbed at a park near Mount Pleas­ant Road and Roxbor­ough Drive. Two other vic­tims were also robbed and as­saulted. Po­lice con­tinue to search for the sus­pects: a group of eight to 10 boys and girls in their teens.

Po­lice con­sta­ble Ti­mothy Somers, of 53 Di­vi­sion, said of­fi­cers are mon­i­tor­ing sev­eral so­cial me­dia pages and web­sites and have in­creased park pres­ence, with City of Toronto park em­ploy­ees also put on no­tice.

“No mat­ter how much public warn­ing we give this 14 to 16 age group, when some­one is go­ing to bait them with free al­co­hol and drugs, they’re go­ing to go,” said Somers. “We are con­cerned that who­ever is be­hind this type of party is go­ing to con­tinue to try to set those par­ties up and there­fore pro­lif­er­ate and con­tinue with this type of ac­tiv­ity like rob­bing.”

Ac­cord­ing to Somers, there have been other at­tempts at par­ties since Sept. 16, but he cred­ited ad­di­tional park pa­trols as a suc­cess­ful de­ter­rent thus far.

An on­line blog called Miss In­formed re­cently ad­ver­tised a party at Howard Tal­bot Park in Lea­side as “one of the best par­ties of the year.”

Miss In­formed re­ports in­for­ma­tion from six schools: North­ern Se­condary School, North Toronto Col­le­giate In­sti­tute, Lawrence Park Col­le­giate In­sti­tute, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts, For­est Hill Col­le­giate In­sti­tute and Bev­er­ley Heights Mid­dle School.

“We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sources that sup­plied that in­for­ma­tion to the web­site [Miss In­formed], and they are cer­tainly per­sons of in­ter­est in be­ing part of the sus­pects who are ac­tu­ally com­mit­ting these crimes,” said Somers.

Toronto Dis­trict School Board (TDSB) spokesper­son Ryan Bird said the board is aware of these par­ties be­ing pro­moted on­line by in­di­vid­u­als at­tend­ing their schools but can’t com­mit to any dis­ci­plinary ac­tion be­cause those post­ing have yet to be iden­ti­fied.

Po­lice be­lieve there have been more un­re­ported as­saults re­lated to the par­ties. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is en­cour­aged to call po­lice.

TPS is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source that sup­plied in­for­ma­tion to miss­in­formed.xyz

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