Fight at Lindsay Thurber leads to student suspensions

By Troy Gillard (Twitter: @Troy_Gillard)
May 19, 2017 - 6:57pm Updated: May 21, 2017 - 8:13pm

RED DEER - Several students have been suspended following a fight this week at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.

In a statement posted Friday evening on Facebook, school officials say the incident took place at the school on Tuesday.

“The situation has been dealt with by school administration, which is resulting in the suspension of all students directly involved in the incident. A School Resource Officer from the RCMP has also assisted in the process,” the statement reads.

School officials acknowledge that some of the students involved in the altercation were Syrian, but are refuting social media comments claiming the discipline for those students was not the same as for others. That speculation, according to Red Deer Public Schools, was based on misinformation. 

“We want to be very clear that all students involved in the situation have been dealt with in the same manner receiving the same consequences for the roles they played in the altercation,” the district says. "We are concerned that the incident is being elevated because of the backgrounds of the students and that is not right.  This does not represent the care and concern for diversity that the students, staff and parents within the Lindsay Thurber school community take great pride in."

A spokesperson with Red Deer RCMP tells rdnewsNOW they are looking into the incident.

“The investigation is ongoing but it appears at this time that the altercation Tuesday afternoon was part of a longer-running altercation that began the night before,” the spokesperson said in an e-mail. “RCMP have begun the process of working with the school toward a restorative justice resolution and continue to investigate. No criminal charges are pending at this time.”

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