A crowd of around 15 people with anti-bullying signs gathered at Quesnel’s provincial court building Aug. 22, to raise awareness for the consequences of bullying.
A trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday for a minor who is accused of assaulting a classmate on School District #28 grounds in January. The trial has now been postponed until later this year.
Accused minors are not named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Observer has chosen not to name the victim to protect his privacy.
The mother of the victim, who the Observer has also chosen not to name, organized the rally and says she hopes to raise awareness of bullying in schools.
“We need to raise awareness so it will help other kids in school and other kids will know there are consequences to bullying,” she said.
“Hopefully we will save another child,” commented the victim’s grandmother.
The victim’s mother said her son sustained leg fractures due to the alleged assault, and he now has a steel plate holding his ankle together. He will be testifying in the upcoming trial.
“He has to go back now for more surgery because the bottom of his ankle is still not sitting properly in his socket. His weight is distributing wrong. This is nine months later.
“He is probably going to limp for the rest of his life.”
The Observer contacted School District #28 as well as both lawyers for comment but has not received a response.
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