Video prompts police to probe alleged assault of Surrey teen – Surrey Now-Leader

Video prompts police to probe alleged assault of Surrey teen - Surrey Now-Leader
Disturbing video of alleged assault at Surrey high school posted to Facebook
A video posted to Facebook showing a young man on his knees who is then kicked in the face after he was forced to kneel down. (CTV News)

RCMP in Surrey are investigating a disturbing alleged assault against a teenager that was caught on video and posted to Facebook.

The troubling video shows a boy on his knees in a wooded area surrounded by other teens. At one point, the victim is told to kneel forward and is then kicked in the face.

It was uploaded by a man who identified himself as the boys father. Paul, whose last name has been withheld for legal reasons, said his son is a Grade 9 student who was "attacked by at least 10 older kids" outside Fraser Heights Secondary School in response to an altercation that "had nothing to do with him."

"He was brought to the back area of the school near the tennis courts by a trusted friend no less and threatened with weapons to get on his knees and kiss the feet of his attackers and then kicked in the face afterwards," wrote Paul.

"At this time all I can say is our youth and school officers are investigating, said Sgt. Chad Greig of Surrey RCMP in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.

Paul suggested the altercation caught on camera stems from an incident on May 31 involving a "firearm being brandished," which was now in police custody.

"We were not told about this as Im sure many other parents [were not]. The school is was not put on lock down and parents were not notified," wrote Paul. "This is what is happening in our local high school and our children are not being protected from preventable violence."

"We received this video because one of the attackers made a video and sent it to all the other children in the school and it eventually reached us," he added.

Greig confirmed police responded to an incident in the area of Fraser Heights secondary, but said the weapon in question was an airsoft gun and not a firearm. 

"On Friday there was an incident and the police did attend, were unsure if these two incidents are linked," said Greig. "Im not providing anymore further information about that until our investigation into this video furthers."

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SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A father in Surrey is hoping to curb escalating violence at his son’s school after a group of students attacked the high school student on Monday.

Paul Pederson has seen video of the incident that was shared online. It shows his son on his knees in a wooded area behind Fraser Heights Secondary School. He’s called a snitch by a group of teenagers surrounding him and forced to kiss one attacker’s shoe before being kicked in the face.

“This is what you get for snitching, bro,” one of the attackers says in the video. “I didn’t snitch,” Pederson’s son can be heard responding.

“No one wants to see their children get hurt. I can empathize for even the boy that attacked my son – he was attacked on Friday, I spoke to his father and his father is also very distraught that his son was attacked.”

“[The kids] didn’t cool down, they just got angrier and angrier over the weekend and then they struck out at whoever they could, which was my son.”

In a letter home to parents on Tuesday, the Fraser Heights principal said police have been notified about both incidents, and are working with the school to follow up with the students involved.

“Something bad is going to happen if we don’t stop this now, if these families and these children don’t meet and agree to walk away from all this,” Pederson says. “What me and the other fathers are hoping for is a meeting and a peaceful resolution so our kids can go back to being in a safe learning environment.”

Surrey RCMP confirm they are investigating, and looking at connections between the incident on Monday and the one on Friday, when an airsoft rifle was found in the bushes at the school.

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