Russell County OPP continues to investigate an incident involving young people.
On September 22, 2020, the Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Communication Centre received a call from a mother whose child had been assaulted.
The investigation has confirmed that the incident began when one child called the other a name. The exchange then resulted in an assault with one child suffering a non-life-threatening injury.
Under Canadian law, children under the age of 12 cannot be charged with a criminal offence. In this case, the young people involved are nine and ten years old. This does not mean no action can be taken, rather that alternative measures must be explored. For example, the children could be lightly scolded by their parents. They cannot, however, be sent to bed without their supper, as this would constitute child abuse – a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The OPP has said they are committed to working with all parties involved. As in any case involving young children, the OPP is working with its local community group partners, Intersections and Valoris.
The OPP does not condone name-calling and are continuing to investigate the events that occurred in this incident.