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RCMP appeal for calm following boy's arrest after alleged incident at Lower Mainland school

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January 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. - RCMP say a 13-year-old boy has been arrested for an alleged assault in Port Coquitlam, B.C., and they are asking the public to avoid making "snap judgments" about the case based on what's being said on social media.

The teen was arrested after police say they received a call on Jan. 10 about an alleged assault on the grounds of Citadel Middle School.

The RCMP say their initial investigation determined there was a "verbal confrontation" between four male and one female youths, which "escalated when the girl used a low level of physical force."

The Mounties say at that time, a 13-year-old boy from Maple Ridge is alleged to have "used an inappropriate level of force that caused an injury to the girl."

The boy has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and uttering threats.

The identities of those involved are protected under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The RCMP also made an appeal for calm in the case in a statement on Tuesday.

"There are allegations appearing on social media that directly contradict the video evidence, witness statements and established facts of this investigation," Corp. Michael McLaughlin said in a news release.

"There has been a lot of anger directed to the school and police. We want to assure everyone that our first priority is to continually assess the risk and make sure that everyone involved is safe. Now, we ask that you stay patient and avoid judgment until a full and impartial investigation is complete."

Police say more charges are possible against all those involved in the case.

"It's completely understandable that people are reacting emotionally to this file, especially since children are involved," McLaughlin said. "But it's important that we conduct an impartial investigation. We ask that people do not make judgments based on social media posts."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Jan. 21, 2020.

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