Youth suspect in Islamic Centre hate crime turns himself in

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
March 3, 2017 - 3:31pm

The suspect in a hate crime perpetrated at the Red Deer Islamic Centre has turned himself in.

The youth, who isn't being identified, was caught on camera writing a message in the snow on the morning of February 9. He turned himself into police several days later.

Red Deer Mounties say they are working with the youth, his family and the Red Deer Islamic Centre to resolve the incident through restorative justice, meaning there will be a meeting between the youth and staff at the centre.

As well, The John Howard Society will be working alongside the parties, keeping with their mandate to promote community harmony through advocacy, prevention and re-integration of offenders through the restorative process. 

Police say the Islamic Centre will not be laying charges.

“The youth has expressed sincere remorse for hurting others through thoughtless statements that were made on impulse, and has expressed a desire to reach out to members of the Islamic Centre. They, in turn, welcome the opportunity to turn this into a learning conversation where mutual understanding can flourish,” says Corporal Karyn Kay of the Red Deer RCMP.

“In our view, the best outcome for this file is to develop a positive change in understanding and in behaviour through relationships and education rather than pursuing a criminal charge.”

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