Ed­son RCMP con­cerned about youth vi­o­lence

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Ed­son RCMP are con­cerned about vi­o­lence be­tween youth af­ter two re­ported fights over the last month in­volved weapons.

On Novem­ber 25th, 2016 the School Re­source Of­fi­cer (SRO) was ad­vised of a fight that was go­ing to take place in the Town of Ed­son among youth from two schools. Po­lice at­tended the scene and sub­se­quently lo­cated the youth. Po­lice learned that dur­ing the in­ci­dent an im­i­ta­tion firearm and fake brass knuck­les were pro­duced. Both items were seized by Po­lice, firearm was found to be a train­ing replica, which made it eas­ily mis­taken for a real firearm un­less closely in­spected.

We want to urge par­ents to dis­cuss vi­o­lence, threats, and weapons with their chil­dren,” states Staff Sergeant Peter King. “Ev­ery per­son from the youth, par­ents and re­sources like our SRO have a vi­tal role to play in keep­ing Ed­son a safe com­mu­nity.

As a re­sult, a 12 year old youth has been charged with pos­ses­sion of a weapon dan­ger­ous to the pub­lic and ut­ter­ing threats. He is ex­pected to ap­pear in Ed­son Pro­vin­cial Court at a later date.

In the other in­ci­dent, a large group of youth and young adults gath­ered af­ter posts on so­cial me­dia led to an or­ga­nized en­counter in Ed­son. Po­lice lo­cated the youth in­volved and seized a knife from one. No charges were laid as a re­sult. No one was harmed in ei­ther in­ci­dent.

“We want to urge par­ents to dis­cuss vi­o­lence, threats, and weapons with their chil­dren,” states Staff Sergeant Peter King. “Ev­ery per­son from the youth, par­ents and re­sources like our SRO have a vi­tal role to play in keep­ing Ed­son a safe com­mu­nity.”

If you be­come aware of a planned vi­o­lent en­counter, do not hes­i­tate to con­tact Ed­son RCMP De­tach­ment at (780) 723-8800.

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