What started as reports of an afternoon baseball bat brawl between two groups of teens ended with two boys in hospital — one shot, the other stabbed — yesterday afternoon. A fight involving eight to 15 teens broke out near George S. Henry Academy on Graydon Hall Dr., near Don Mills and York Mills Rds., at about 3:30 p.m., Toronto Police Const. Tony Vella said. During the brawl, one teen was stabbed in the back and another was shot in the back. The injured teens, believed to be about 16, were from opposing sides, Vella said. After the groups scattered, emergency crews found the stabbing victim nearby with a “minor” wound and the shooting victim on a park bench down the street, where he had collapsed with what was thought to be a life-threatening injury, Vella said. He was rushed to hospital, where he was listed in “stable” condition last night, Vella said. Though the incident happened a half hour after classes ended at the nearby high school, it was unknown whether the teens were students there. “We have a responsibility to educate today’s teens that violence is not the answer,” Vella said. “It does not help the situation. It just fuels the situation. “You have someone shot and stabbed, then that person just wants to get (revenge),” he said. “Eventually, someone is killed.” Three separate scenes were taped off by police along Graydon Hall, which is dotted with five highrise apartment buildings. “I’m used to it,” a 12-year-old girl said of violence in the area since her family moved onto the street five years ago. “I hate when this happens.” “We are very afraid, very surprised,” said a Pakistani man who moved to the area five months ago. “We thought this city was very peaceful,” his wife added. “It’s been happening everywhere,” one woman said of the violence, with her one-year-old daughter in tow. “It is what it is … It is unfortunate.” http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/11/12/11717641-sun.html
ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS GANG FIGHTS AFTER SCHOOL IS NOTHING NEW IN CANADA, I SAW THE SAME THING IN MONTREAL DURING MY PUBLIC SCHOOL DAYS TOO. But I do have to say parents and the recession, economy firstly have set the tone, the environment for the fights. Both Working parents have no time to look after the kids, and both parents often fighting amongst each other over acquiring more money, paying the bills does not help much.. and it does affect the children’s school grades negatively now too.. but blaming the fights on the schools or the lack of policing is a false cop out.
Saskatchewan school locked down after firearm stolen from car outside building Wed Nov 11, 7:41 PM CANDO, Sask. – Police are investigating the theft of a rifle from a veteran’s vehicle that resulted in a school lockdown in rural Saskatchewan.
do see also https://postedat.wordpress.com/2009/11/10/albertan-hate-crimes-awareness-day/