York Regional police and the York Catholic District School Board are investigating after disturbing videos were posted online that appear to show a parent in the midst of a bloody high school brawl.
One of the videos shows two teens exchanging furious punches while the parent and other youths surround them. When a student starts to taunt the parent, he winds up and appears to throw a punch at the teen, sparking a secondary scuffle.
A second video shows a group of youths surrounding the same parent, first in a wooded area, and then on a residential street where they swarm him with kicks and punches. By the time the attack is finished the man is bleeding profusely from the face and appears disoriented as he gets into a parked vehicle.
It’s not yet clear what sparked the melees on Friday at Briar Nine Park near Cardinal Carter Catholic High School, but police say they are aware of the videos and charges could be laid.
In the meantime, the school’s York Regional police resource officer is working with the school and students to try and ascertain what happened.
Police tell CityNews they received a tip on Friday that a fight was planned near the school at around 5 p.m.
Just before 3 p.m. they received a call about a disturbance in the area. Once cruisers arrived, however, the crowd had dispersed and police say no one formally reported the incident.
The York Catholic District School Board issued a statement, saying the fight occurred off school property. It acknowledged the presence of a parent, but didn’t elaborate on how or why the adult male may have became involved in the violence.
“Two of our students got into an altercation at Briar Nine Park, while other students and a parent watched,” the board’s communications officer Julia Seeratan wrote. “The fight escalated and additional members of our school community became involved.”
“The safety of our students at Cardinal Carter CHS is our priority. We will continue to provide learning environments that are safe, nurturing, positive and respectful.”