A 17-year-old student was critically injured in a stabbing inside a Scarborough high school, and three adolescent guys have been detained in connection with the incident.
On November 14, shortly after 3 p.m., the event took place at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, which is located near Danforth Avenue and Birchmount Road.
According to the police, they discovered a student in grade 12 who appeared to have been stabbed in the school’s office. According to the police, paramedics took the 17-year-old male patient, who was in critical condition, to the hospital.
Following the incident, the high school was momentarily placed on lockdown.
A day after the stabbing, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he would have a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss concerning school violence.
On Monday, police said they made three arrests in connection with the stabbing.
Three teens, two 14-year-olds and one 17-year-old, have each been charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon.
Their identities cannot be released under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
All three suspects were scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.
Meanwhile, Tory held the aforementioned meeting with the Toronto District School Board and Toronto Police Services Monday morning to discuss “troubling” youth violence in the city.
Following the meeting, Tory said the city has committed to increased cooperation with the TDSB when it comes to addressing violence.
“Specifically, the City will work with the school board to prioritize schools that require enhanced youth programming, mental health and well-being supports as well as food security initiatives in schools,” Tory wrote in a statement on Monday.
“We also committed to increased cooperation in responding to violent incidents, increased access and partnerships with local community-based organizations and the City, and to increased information sharing,” he added.
The stabbing at Birchmount Park happened just two weeks after a fatal shooting outside Woburn Collegiate Institute on Halloween. An 18-year-old male was killed and a second teen was injured in that shooting.
There was also another stabbing outside of Birchmount Park this past spring, which left a teen seriously injured.