A teen girl is facing two additional charges after a stabbing at Dunbarton High School in Pickering last month.
On Feb. 23, the girl, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, allegedly stabbed students and staff with two knives she brought with her from home. She was originally charged with six counts of assault causing bodily harm, seven counts of assault with a weapon, possession of dangerous weapons and assault.
On Tuesday, Durham police said she was facing two more counts of assault with a weapon.
The day of the stabbing, there was some initial confusion about how many people had been stabbed. Initial reports from the scene indicated nine people were hurt, but only seven charges of assault with a weapon were laid. Wednesday’s charges appear to indicate there were indeed nine victims.
There was no known motive for the attack. However, a blog believed to have been posted by the girl talks about being bullied, suicide, and having an urge to carry out a school stabbing.
After the attack, the girl’s stepmother said she had known something like this was coming, but was unable to get her daughter the help she needed. The stepmother, who is not being identified to protect the girl’s identity, says the teen’s incarceration may be her best chance at getting the mental health help she needs.
“If somebody had done something before, none of this would have happened,” she said. “These poor people wouldn’t have been injured.”