Girl, 12, charged for assaulting teachers and student at Oshawa school

A 12-year-old girl is facing charges after she assaulted three teachers and a student at a school in Oshawa on Monday morning.

Durham Regional Police were called to Sir Albert Love Catholic School in the Hillcroft Street and Wilson Road North area around 11:30 a.m. for reports of a female student assaulting staff and students.

Police arrived at the school and said a girl had fled the area. They located the 12-year-old physically assaulting a female staff member in the schoolyard.

An officer deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) to stop the assault, and the girl was taken into custody.

Police said the incident was captured on body-worn camera. One victim was taken to a local hospital after being struck in the head by the girl. It’s unclear how serious those injuries are.

A 12-year-old girl is facing four counts of assault and mischief. She was released on an undertaking.

The girl’s identity is protected under Ontario’s Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA).

A police spokesperson said investigators have been in touch with the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) and the parent of the student who was charged.

A review is being conducted by the police force “to ensure it aligns with our policies, best practices and prioritizes community safety.”

The Durham Catholic District School Board released a statement on the incident, saying not all details can be shared at this time due to privacy, but there is no ongoing safety concerns.

“Professional support staff are available for anyone who may be experiencing heightened emotions at this time. Students or their parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the school or reach out to a trusted staff member to arrange support if needed,” read the statement.

The Special Investigations Unit has not been called into investigate the incident. The SIU only invokes their mandate when the conduct of officers results resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharging of a firearm at a person.

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