Several injured in huge brawl between students from Nanaimo high schools

By Dominic Abassi
April 11, 2018 - 2:33pm Updated: April 11, 2018 - 5:13pm

Police say a large brawl between students happened in behind Serauxmen Stadium on April 3.File photo/NanaimoNewsNOW

NANAIMO — Criminal charges are possible after a massive brawl between students from two Nanaimo high schools.

Nanaimo RCMP Cst. Gary O'Brien told NanaimoNewsNOW more than 15 students from two unnamed high schools clashed at Serauxmen Stadium around 1 p.m. on April 3.

"We believe some weapons may have been produced during the fight. Several students were taken to the hospital...Some of the injuries were fairly significant."

O'Brien would not elaborate on the injuries or the type of weapons they believe were involved.

"This fight we believe is a result of threats made over social media. We're seeing this more and more often now. It doesn't have to happen. As a result some students have been significantly injured and others may be charged criminally," he said, adding school liaison officers are developing a strategy to work with students on the issue.

O'Brien would not say what high schools were involved or whether the students were suspended from classes.

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools communications director Dale Burgos said while social media has evolved the way students are getting into altercations, it's not a major change.

"If you go back decades, there still were fights between students at schools or different schools. This is just one of those different avenues now that is used."

Burgos said there is an internal investigation process in place and underway.

O'Brien said police still have a lot of questions around who was involved in the fight and what their roles were. Anyone with information is urged to come forward and speak to RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

 

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