In the wake of a male teenager being arrested for assault at a Port Coquitlam school, Mounties are asking citizens to cool off after differing accounts on social media have generated heated responses.
Around 3:15 p.m. on January 10, police received a call about an alleged assault at École Citadel Middle School (1265 Citadel Drive, Port Coquitlam).
According to Coquitlam RCMP, a verbal confrontation between four male youths and one female youths escalated when the female used “a low level of physical force”.
Then a 13-year-old male allegedly used an “inappropriate level of force” that injured the female.
RCMP arrested the 13-year-old boy from Maple Ridge, who does not have a history with police, for assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats. He was released on conditions and must appear in court in Port Coquitlam at a future date.
The investigation is continuing on and Coquitlam RCMP stated that more charges against involved parties, who names are not being released due to their ages, remain possible.
Due to emotional responses to this incident, Coquitlam RCMP are also asking the public to avoid making judgments based on social media posts.
“There are allegations appearing on social media that directly contradict the video evidence, witness statements, and established facts of this investigation,” Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Michael McLaughlin stated in a news release. “There has been a lot of anger directed to the school and police. We want to assure everyone that our first priority is to continually assess the risk and make sure that everyone involved is safe. Now, we ask that you stay patient and avoid judgment until a full and impartial investigation is complete.”