Student bullying incident may lead to criminal charges

Springvalley Middle School was the site of a police investigation Wednesday morning, following an incident that landed one teen in hospital and another facing the possibility of criminal charges.

At around 8:30 a.m. Mounties were called to look into a complaint of assault.

Upon arrival, they learned a 15-year-old boy had approached a 13-year-old from behind, lifted him upside down so his feet were in the air, said Sgt. Ann Morrison.

“The victim was either dropped, or fell from the hold, striking his head on the floor beneath him,” she said.

It’s unclear what the circumstance or the motivation behind the matter was, but Morrison said it is being treated as an assault and the two boys were not friends.

“When you touch, grab or punch someone without their permission, that’s treated as assault,” she said.

“It’s disturbing to see this in the first place, but the tragic part is someone went to hospital.”

The boy was transported to Kelowna General Hospital where he received treatment.

He was released a few hours later after a series of x-rays and exams and is recovering at home.

Police are examining video surveillance footage from inside the school where the event took place and Morrison said that further information should be made available as the investigation continues.

The suspect, 15, was arrested and transported to the Kelowna RCMP detachment.

He has since been released but could be facing assault causing bodily harm or aggravated assault charges depending on the injury sustained.



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