Facebook video now part of RNC investigation

Diane Crocker
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This screen shot is from a video posted to Facebook of an alleged assault of a teenage boy in Corner Brook on Monday.

A video circulating on Facebook has become part of an investigation into an alleged assault of a 14-year-old boy earlier this week.

At about 7:40 p.m. on Monday the Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary received an anonymous report of an injured male youth near the Valley Mall.

The boy was taken to Western Memorial Regional Hospital were he was treated for non-life threatening injuries and released.

An RNC media report from Tuesday said that the investigation into the incident resulted in another 14-year-old boy being arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm. The alleged assailant was later released into the custody of a parent.

Sometime after the incident, a 23-second video of the assault appeared on Facebook. A link to the video could still be accessed Thursday morning.

It shows a bigger male youth punching a smaller boy in the face. The victim tries to get away, but the alleged assailant pursues him and strikes him several more times before the boy falls to the ground. The beating continues with the alleged attacker kicking him at least twice while the victim is on the ground

The incident looks like it was filmed in the parking garage at the Valley Mall. And a female can be heard laughing as the assault takes place.

Const. Scott Mosher, the RNC’s media relations officer, said Thursday morning that a copy of the video is now in the hands of investigators.

“When the initial complaint was made, I don’t think there was any sign of the video,” said Mosher in a phone interview conducted prior to him issuing a media release on the incident.

Mosher said police have not yet determined who shot the video or have anything concrete on what may have provoked the alleged assault.

The video has been shared more than 100 times with many people adding their thoughts to the comments section.

Some say the victim got what he deserved, while others speak out against the violent act. There are also comments that point to the attack being in retaliation for another action and some, disturbingly, laugh at the incident.

Mosher said to see a video like the one in question is quite rare, but is a sign of the times. He said we’re living in a society where people’s private lives are posted everywhere through photos and comments on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

“In terms of the investigation,” Mosher said the video “makes it visually a little more serious or obvious of what had transpired.”

He said in a normal investigation officers are dealing with words — what one side has to say about the other.

“But whenever there’s video evidence, it’s certainly more compelling than the written word.”

Mosher said the fact someone would videotape an assault and do nothing to stop it is very concerning.

“We talk about in some of our school programs how people can take responsibility for violence. And one of the things discussed is not being a bystander. It’s being someone who takes action.”

Mosher said people who engage in violence do so because they want attention.

“Which is exactly the type of behaviour we’re trying to eradicate.”

The alleged attacker is scheduled to appear in provincial youth court on May 14.

Organizations: Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Western Memorial Regional Hospital

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  • A concerned parent/grandmother
    March 29, 2014 - 08:17

    OMG this is absolutely not acceptable ! What were people thinking watching this happen! You are all cowards!!!! Had you stepped in the bully would know "we're not gonna take it." Shame shame on you all... don't let this ever happen again on your watch! Be proud to be the first one to step forward and your "friends" will follow. Pray that the attacked teen is ok...it could have very well ended differently.

  • momma
    March 28, 2014 - 09:59

    This is utterly disgusting and heart wrenching. Why would someone do this,and as for the people that were there that taped it and watched your just at fault. No matter if this young boy did something or not he did not deserve this. This is just another example of poor parenting and discipline. Now at saying that its not all the parents fault either. If parents and teens had that open relationship were they could be open and honest with one another this would have never happened. To the teens that were there I hope in the future instead of watching someone get hurt you will be that one person to stand up and help someone out. I feel for that young boy and his family I hope that he is OK. I also feel bad for the bully because I know some where deep inside there might be a good young man with with just bad poor judgment. I hope that you get the help that is needed. I also hope that you grow a set and apologize to him and his family. Also the ones watching I hope that your apologize is in the future.

  • Karen Shiels
    March 28, 2014 - 09:38

    Wish they would post the parent's names . No shame attached to anything any more. No honor in a family name, when I was growing up if your mother didn't yell at ya, your neighbours called you on it. And they told your mother. So ya had 10 people trying to smarten you up instead of 2 .

    • doug
      March 28, 2014 - 16:24

      Yup, I hope his parents are feeling ashamed today, they should be. I would suggest that the attacker better watch his back.

  • Frankly
    March 28, 2014 - 08:51

    Another painful example of social problems at home.

  • InCB
    March 28, 2014 - 08:44

    From what I have heard there is much more to this story then just the assault. It is sad from all views. What I can't get is how someone can record this and do nothing about it. Also the kids involved are the same age.

    • Paul
      March 29, 2014 - 08:37

      Ya. What's the story here?

  • lynn
    March 28, 2014 - 08:24

    I watched this video a few days ago and it upset me so much that i cant even begin to express my sadness but anger as well. I dont understand why the bystanders didnt step in. Im really hoping that the bigger kid do get what he deserves because what really is the anti bullying law good for if people like him get away with it? He couldve done some serious damage or worse(it has happened...).

  • Cashin Delaney
    March 27, 2014 - 23:31

    “Which is exactly the type of behaviour we’re trying to eradicate.” Eradicate Violence, or giving youngsters ATTENTION! PARENTS, put your smartphones down, and WAKE UP. All Day Kindergarten will lead to more unattention, more violence. They are 14. They will learn. End Provincial Government (exhibit A 'Felix Collins") is a start to ending Bullying, and the general culture of revenge by social media (exhibit b "Gerry Rogers"). They perpetuate it. End provincial government. End violence. Or are bloodsports like politics and retributive shitkickings in our DNA? I only ask that all MHAs step down, and frig off, thats all.

  • dale
    March 27, 2014 - 16:45

    Obviously the bigger kid was the aggressor. His turn will come….always do.

  • Darrell
    March 27, 2014 - 16:43

    What goes around comes around.

  • Political Watcher
    March 27, 2014 - 16:41

    Problem, get the older, bigger dirt-bag and let someone loose on him.

  • Angela
    March 27, 2014 - 15:02

    Its so sad what the youth have come to these days. Makes you wonder what the state of the world will be like in 50 - 100 years. This is just a very sad look into the future of more and more serious problems.