“We need to spread the word for stu­dents to put their phones down, stand up first ... do some­thing to STOP any­one from hurt­ing oth­ers.”

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing as par­ent calls out on­look­ers for us­ing phones, not help­ing

Ottawa Citizen - - CITY - ME­GAN GILLIS

Ot­tawa po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent in which a teen was beaten by mul­ti­ple as­sailants un­til he was left ap­par­ently un­con­scious and twitch­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing a kick to the head.

The beat­ing, which hap­pened in Or­léans on Thurs­day, was cap­tured on cell­phone video and has since been shared ex­ten­sively over so­cial me­dia.

One par­ent of a stu­dent at St. Peter High School in Or­léans wrote about the in­ci­dent on Face­book. By early Fri­day af­ter­noon, that post had been shared more than 2,000 times.

“In light of to­day’s event at our lo­cal high school, we need to spread the word for stu­dents to put their phones down, stand up first, say some­thing, do some­thing to STOP any­one from hurt­ing oth­ers,” wrote Matthew Wall, who said that while his child was not in­volved in the in­ci­dent, he wanted to speak up for the safety of all kids.

The Ot­tawa Catholic School Board did not re­spond to ques­tions about the in­ci­dent, but said in a state­ment Fri­day that “the school is work­ing with the school re­source of­fi­cer and meet­ing with par­ents (and) stu­dents re­gard­ing an off-school-prop­erty in­ci­dent yes­ter­day.

“Safe schools poli­cies con­tinue to be im­ple­mented to en­sure that the school re­mains a safe en­vi­ron­ment,” the board added.

Paramedics said they were called to the 700 block of Charle­magne Boule­vard and took a youth in his mid-teens who had suf­fered a head in­jury in a fight to the hos­pi­tal. The youth was con­scious and walk­ing, paramedics said.

St. Peter High School is lo­cated at 750 Charle­magne Blvd.

Po­lice, who said the in­jured teen has since been re­leased from hos­pi­tal, con­firmed that school re­source of­fi­cers re­sponded to a re­ported as­sault at a high school on Charle­magne Boule­vard Thurs­day morn­ing, but said that no fur­ther de­tails would be made pub­lic pend­ing an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

This news­pa­per re­viewed a copy of a video pro­vided by the mother of a St. Peter’s stu­dent who asked that her name not be used.

In the video, a boy is on the ground try­ing to shield him­self from blows de­liv­ered by mul­ti­ple youths un­til one strikes him in the head with an au­di­ble kick, even as one by­stander ap­pears to be try­ing to in­ter­vene to pro­tect him. Then the youth ap­pears to lose con­scious­ness and be­gin con­vuls­ing.

At least two peo­ple are film­ing in the crowd of on­look­ers.

“Oh my God,” one per­son ex­claims be­fore the crowd of on­look­ers gasps at the kick to the fallen teen’s head.

“Some­one call 911, some­one call 911, call 911,” some­one in the crowd screams.

Upon view­ing the video, which was be­ing shared on SnapChat, “I was ab­so­lutely sick­ened,” Wall said Fri­day. “There were so many kids stand­ing with their phones rather than help­ing.”

Us­ing the hash­tag #ig­o­ty­our­back, he called on par­ents to talk to kids about speak­ing out and seek­ing help in­stead of film­ing vi­o­lence and “un­nec­es­sar­ily” shar­ing the video on so­cial me­dia.

“Teach your kids to put your phones down and stand up to what’s wrong,” Wall wrote Thurs­day.

“Put your­self in this kid’s par­ents’ shoes to­day. How would you be feel­ing right now that a video of your son get­ting his head kicked in is go­ing vi­ral while you’re be­side him in a hos­pi­tal?”


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