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An investigation is underway after a group of teens allegedly jumped a 14-year-old Kelowna boy last week.
The RCMP was called about the incident around 8:30 pm on Friday and went to Waterfront Park to meet the victim.
He explained to the officers that he’d been roughhousing with a friend in the park when he was all of a sudden attacked by another teenager.
Once he was on the ground protecting his head, the unknown assailant continued to punch him repeatedly before several others in the crowd jumped in and took shows.
“There is a video circulating through social media that shows the violent incident,” said Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy. “It is extremely disturbing, and we certainly understand the public outrage.”
The video was posted by the boy’s mother, who was outraged about the incident and alleges that her son's assailants were between the ages of 16 and 19.
She was not alone in that outrage, as the video has accumulated around 430 comments and nearly 500 shares since being posted over the weekend.
Many called for those responsible for the alleged assault to be brought to justice despite their age, but Cpl. Noseworthy says the RCMP is putting the pieces of the puzzle together.
“The RCMP is in the process of identifying the parties involved, and determining the full story,” she explained.
“This investigation is being taken very seriously and we will be working with our community partners to ensure that these youth are dealt with in the proper way.”
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.
You can also report tips anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477.
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