RCMP examine reports of bullying at Sidney skateboard park – Saanich News
Sidney / North Saanich RCMP are investigating unconfirmed reports of older children bullying younger ones at the skateboarding facility in Sidney’s Tulista Park.
“It looks like this has been going on for a while, but it has not been reported to us,” said Cpl. Carrie Harding, adding Const. Paul Mittelsteadt explores the question.
Police began to look into the matter after posting a post on a local Facebook site on May 22, Harding said.
|Const. Sidney / North Saanich RCMP Community Police Officer Paul Mittelsteadt examines reports of older children bullying young children at the skatepark at Tulista Park in Sidney. (Black Press Multimedia File)|
“The bullying at Sidney Skate (Park) and in the community is incredible,” the post read. “There is a group of kids who keep bullying other kids, think it’s okay to be predators and take advantage of others for their own amusement. It makes me ashamed to think that maybe it is time to leave Sidney because it is no longer a safe place to raise your children.
This original article has since attracted over 100 comments.
The journal contacted the author of the article for more specific information on the incidence of bullying, who it involved and when, as well as any potential motivation for the bullying.
Harding noted that the social media post had “no identifying marks.” That said, police certainly appear to be taking the allegation seriously, with officers stepping up patrols at the skatepark. “And when they do these patrols, they’ll be talking to kids and parents in the area,” Harding said.
The question resonated with the public, she added. “This is obviously a concern for our community and we want to make our patrols more visible and make the community feel comfortable reporting anything to our members when they are there.
Harding said police were unaware of past bullying incidents at the skatepark. “It has always been recognized as a very pleasant place for children,” she said, stressing that parents can always contact the police for such concerns. “It’s important to report when this is happening.”
Police have not received any complaints since the initial message or the many responses appeared online.
Callum Stewart, 15, who skates two to three times at the park, said Wednesday afternoon he was unaware of the mistreatment of young park users.
“I haven’t heard of any bullying,” he said. Although he remembers a fight at the park, he said it happened in the summer of 2020.
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