Three teenagers have been charged in connection with a video that went viral this weekend showing a Brampton high school student being assaulted and robbed by two other girls.
The video, titled “Young Indian girl gets bullied by wannabe thugs from Brampton” was posted to LiveLeak.com and then cross posted to Reddit and YouTube on Sunday. The video was then shared thousands of times on social media.
Sunday evening the video was taken down from YouTube.
In the video a young girl is being both physically and verbally bullied by two other girls. The voice of a male can also be heard in the background. The young girl is then robbed of her cellphone.
On Monday, police said that the incident occurred on Oct. 24 and that an investigation led to the arrest of three minors on Oct. 29. Two 17-year-old girls and a 17-year-old boy were each charged with robbery. Their identities cannot be revealed due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
“Initially the victim went to the school, the school advised police and the investigation was initiated at that point,” Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick explained. “The matter has been dealt with and the victim in his incident is fine.”
RE:Assault video – Officers from 21 Div. have arrested & charged 3 YoungPersons for Robbery – did not occur at school but at nearby plaza.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) December 8, 2014
The victim, who was 16 at the time, suffered no injuries.
Peel District School Board also said it too investigated the incident in October.
“Because the victim is identified in the video so clearly it’s obvious to us that we needed to help,” Carla Pereira with the PDSB explained. “The staff, in any situation like this, would have contacted their local police and invited them in to begin an investigation.”
She said the school board and the police investigation took place simultaneously and collaboratively.
Police are warning the public that anyone who engages in this type of activity will be arrested.
“Bullying is a behaviour that is not tolerated and is not accepted. Not by the police and not by either one of the school boards,” said Fitzpatrick. “This is something they treat very, very seriously.”