Toronto police investigating 2 new videos involving alleged threat, alleged assault
Toronto police say they have received two new videos showing alleged criminal activity, bringing the total number of incidents that are under investigation to six.
Insp. Domenic Sinopoli said Tuesday, that one of the videos was being investigated as a “threatening occurrence” and the other as a case of “assault with a weapon” involving a belt. Both had been brought to the attention of police as part of their investigation into other incidents at St. Michael’s College School.
None of the people in the videos had been identified, Sinopoli told reporters.
“We have reason to believe that they are linked to St. Mike’s but at this point in time we have no credible evidence to support a linkage,” he said.
Four other incidents involving students at the school were reported to police last week, including one regarding a video which allegedly shows a teenage boy being sexually assaulted with a broom handle.
Six students have been arrested in connection with that video.
Sinopoli said investigators had been expecting more videos of alleged abuses to surface and believe there might be more they have yet to see.
As police continue to investigate, school officials announced Tuesday that they are cancelling all school-sanctioned events in which students and parents might interact with the wider community. The move affects “all events involving external groups, teams, and public performances for the remainder of 2018,” the school said in a message to parents.
“The recent events our community has endured and the ongoing police investigation have led to this difficult decision, which is made in our continued commitment to the safety and well-being of our students,” the message reads.
Additionally, the school has cancelled a “self-help day” scheduled for Dec. 11, as well as mid-year examinations planned for mid-December.
Instead, the school said, students will spend that time in regular classes as well as “workshops and discussions pertaining to the issues that have arisen.”
With files from CP24