Edmonton Public Schools is moving to expel students involved in an April 16 schoolyard attack that left A 14-year-old boy in hospital, and has given their names to police.
Public schools superintendent Darrel Robertson said in a statement Sunday all EPS students involved in the hate-filled attack have been recommended for expulsion.
The statement comes after Robertson, board chairwoman Trisha Estabrooks and Mayor Don Iveson had an opportunity to speak with the family of Pazo Police, who was attacked near Rosslyn School.
Police said he was walking across a field to a bus stop near Rosslyn School when he was chased, grabbed and attacked by six or seven boys.
A video of the altercation shows Police being wrestled to the ground by two boys before several others join in punching and kicking him. At one point, one of the boys is heard saying “no head kicks” as they continue to swarm him. Police is heard yelling out in pain during the attack.
Police was able to get away and get home and then to the hospital, where he learned he had a concussion.
In the statement Robertson said the “Board Chair and I expressed our deep condolences to the family and how schools must be safe, welcoming places for children. As part of our conversation, we asked what additional supports the family and student need at this time.”
Robertson said the board has provided the Edmonton Police Service with the names of the youths who participated in the violent attack and that two of the youths, including one in a white hoodie as seen in the video, are not students in the public system.
“We acknowledge racism exists in our schools and our community; we remain committed to working together to dismantle systemic racism and renewing our focus on anti-racism education,” said Roberston.
On Sunday night Edmonton Catholic Schools issued a statement saying two of its students were identified in the video and “because of the violent nature and the racist language,” they immediately involved the Edmonton police.
“Racism and violence have no place in our society. Every member of our community has a right to live their lives free of racism and violence,” the statement said.
Edmonton police say the investigation was launched April 19 after the complaint line was called.
— With files from Dylan Short