Mounties in Surrey are investigating an assault against a high school student that was captured on video and posted to social media.
The troubling video, posted to Facebook Monday by the victim’s father shows a teenager on his knees surrounded by other teens. He is told to kiss an individual’s shoes, at which point he is kicked in the face.
The father said his son, a Grade 9 student at Fraser Heights Secondary School, was led behind the school at lunchtime and assaulted and threatened by a group of older kids. The father said that the video was filmed by one of the attackers and shared around the school before it eventually made its way to him.
“This is what is happening in our local high school and our children are not being protected from preventable violence,” he said.
The father said the attack was connected to an incident on Friday, May 31 involving a “firearm being brandished,” which led to an arrest
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.
Police said they dealt with a report of a weapon in the area of Fraser Heights Secondary on Friday, but clarified it involved an airsoft gun, not a firearm.
It seems clear in the video that the assailants believed the Grade 9 son had reported something. “That’s what you get for snitching, bro” one of the boys is heard saying.
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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.
Investigators are determining if there are any linkages between this incident and an incident that occurred Friday May 31 near the school, which involved an air-soft hand gun, Greig added. As for that incident, he said police were made aware of the Friday incident shortly after it was over, then attended, seized the air-soft gun and began their investigation.
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."
Pedersen says the incident began when his his son was was brought to the back area of the school, near the tennis courts, by a trusted friend no-less, where he was threatened with weapons and told to get on his knees and kiss the feet of his attackers, before being kicked in the face.
"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.
Pedersen says he was not informed of the situation, and believes many other parents werent either. He adds there was no lockdown at the school, and no notification was sent out.
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."
He notes that this past Friday, the parties involved had an altercation that involved a firearm being brandished which is now in police custody.
"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.
The video has been making rounds on social media, and was shared on Monday by Paul Pedersen, who identifies himself as the boys father.
"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."
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. 1