Halifax student charged with attempted murder escalates debate over school violence


15 years old student Two staff members were charged with two counts of attempted murder Tuesday after waking up at the hotel. Halifax– A local high school was stabbed the day before.

Halifax Local police released a statement on Tuesday saying two victims, both employees of Charles P. Allen High School in the Bedford area, were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Police said the defendant was also being treated for a stab wound at a hospital, but it was not clear how he received it.

They also confirmed that the boy was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon, and willful possession of an unauthorized weapon.

Details about the type of weapon used have not been released, but at least one witness reported seeing the suspect fleeing the school with a knife before being cornered by police. I’m here.

Teenager Appears Halifax With the indictment read out and a bail hearing set for Thursday, he appeared in juvenile court Tuesday morning with a bandage on the front of his neck.

He didn’t speak, but seemed calm. As he left the room, her mother touched her heart and gave him her hand. The Youth Criminal Justice Act prohibits the release of his identity or his identifying details.

Terry Nickerson (Terry Nickerson) told the court he expected the boy to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Outside the court, prosecutors said the royal family had given notice to seek adult punishment, but said it was in the early stages of the process.

Education expert Paul Bennett said reports of school violence appear to be on the rise across Canada, and Nova Scotia is no exception.

Bennett, a professor of education at St. Mary’s College, Halifaxciting recently released statistics from the state education department, revealed that there were 13,776 reports of physical violence in elementary through grade 12 schools between 2021 and 2022. increased by 22.6% from 11,240 in 2020-21.

Bennett, director of the independent Schoolhouse Institute, said school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic affected both grades, but the trends were consistent when compared to the previous year’s data.

“Fists and knives are back in use in Canadian high schools after school closures due to the pandemic. Violence is commonplace today in classrooms, corridors, fields and parking lots,” he said. said in an interview on Tuesday. “This is a long-term pattern.”

Bennett said he believes the problem lies in a “policy of contentment with discipline” and that he feels teachers are powerless to manage misbehaving students.

Nova Scotia’s Minister of Education, Becky Dolhan, said she was unaware of the significant increase in reports of violence in schools, but said, “Whether violence is on the rise or not, safety is always a priority. The minister said the data she had seen showed that reports of violent incidents had remained relatively stable over the past five years.

“There are so many things embedded in that data,” she said. “Not only are we seeing unusual and very serious incidents like yesterday, but the data also includes playground discussions among children, which are intrusive. It is very dangerous to speculate on the situation of

Halifax Local Police Chief Dan Kinsella said he considers this type of violence “very rare”. Still, he said, “Police are seeing signs[of violence in schools]across the country that make us uneasy.”

Lindsey Bunin, Spokeswoman Halifax School officials reiterated the principal’s view that the stabbing was an isolated incident.

“We hear about studies and data on violence in schools,” she said at a press conference. Halifax Regional Education Center. “Indeed, our school community is a microcosm of the wider community.”

On the other hand, school officials said teachers were outraged when they explained the lack of support from the administration.

The teacher, who was allowed to remain anonymous because she is not authorized to speak for the school, one of the largest in the state with 1,700 students in grades 10 to 12, said, “Teachers deal with their feelings in the morning. I woke up to do it,” he said.

“Much anger has been expressed over the lack of support and respect for teachers…. I am in shock.”

Teachers said they had gathered at the school with the understanding that classes would resume in the afternoon, but classes were canceled after it became clear that teachers were still upset.

Bunin said a team of 20 psychologists, counselors and social workers had come to the school to help the teachers.

“It’s natural that they (the staff) are stressed,” she said, adding that 15 students had come to the school to receive counseling.

Plans had been made to reopen schools on Wednesday, but Bunin said the plans were “fluid”.

As for the victims, teachers said one of them, a deputy principal, had texted staff with a reassuring message on Monday morning after a successful operation.