Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service continues to actively investigate an assault involving a group of male youths outside of a school earlier this month.
On Friday, April 16, 2021, a 14-year-old male youth and a family member reportedly attended EPS Northeast Division station to report an assault that took place outside of a school in the area of 132 Avenue and 113A Street. It was reported to police that earlier that afternoon the complainant was leaving school and walking to a nearby bus stop when he was approached by a group of male youths and assaulted.
Northeast Division front counter officers advised the complainant and his family member to first go to the nearest medical centre to seek assistance with the youth’s injuries and then call police to have an officer dispatched to their location. The EPS complaint line was then contacted regarding the incident on Monday, April 19, 2021, at which time an officer was dispatched, and an investigation was initiated.
Investigators are aware of the video circulating online and continue to work closely with school administration to investigate this violent assault. Detectives have since determined that the males involved in this incident knew one another and this was not a random occurrence. It has also been reported to police that altercations have taken place between the individual youths in this group before. At this time, evidence obtained by investigators shows this event began as a schoolyard fight and was part of an ongoing conflict between a group of male youths that reportedly started late last year. In addition, many of the youths involved are confirmed to have faced significant trauma over the course of their lives, and many also represent racialized communities, which adds to the complexity of the investigation.
The EPS Hate Crimes & Violent Extremism Unit was consulted on this investigation and, at this time, this incident is not considered a hate motivated crime. While a highly inappropriate racial slur was used during this incident, investigators have conducted multiple interviews with the parties involved and do not have sufficient evidence to support that the event was motivated by hate, bias or prejudice. As a result, this incident does not currently meet the threshold for a hate motivated crime as per the requirements of the Canadian Criminal Code. We recognize that regardless of meeting this threshold, inappropriate and hateful language has an extremely negative impact on the individuals involved, the broader community and the city as a whole and it should not be tolerated.
“This violent assault involving multiple youths has no place in our community and the outpouring of support for the complainant from citizens reaffirms that we are all committed to building a community that is safer for everyone,” says EPS Chief Dale McFee.
“Unfortunately, the significant public involvement in this incident has presented investigative challenges and has resulted in some of the youths receiving threats, leaving them afraid to speak or leave their homes.
“We understand that everyone is tired and tensions are high, but as adults and leaders in this community, we need to pause and think before further enflaming this situation for all of the youth involved.
“With this in mind, we are kindly asking the community for patience and calm while our investigators complete their work.”
Investigators continue to examine the circumstances of this violent assault and are working diligently to determine an appropriate course of action for the youths involved. An update will be provided when more information becomes available.
EPS Crime and Trauma-informed Support Services has reached out to the complainant and his family.
Edmonton Police Service
MRU #: 21R039
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