Students bear sprayed

Three international students were bear sprayed outside Clarence Fulton Secondary School on Saturday.

RCMP say that on March 1 at about 10 p.m. the students, all in their teens, were walking along a path in front of the school when they were harassed by four teenage males.

The three were pepper sprayed, but they were able to make it to their home where they were treated by paramedics.

There is some indication the four individuals had targeted another person earlier in the evening. A driver says he was approached by suspects who appeared to have pepper spray and a knife, however, RCMP Spokesman Gord Molendyk says they are still investigating this incident.

“We do not know if people were targeted specifically or if was just some individuals out there up to no good,” explained Molendyk.

“However,” he adds. “There was some indication, from the three Asian international students, that there were some racial slurs aimed toward them prior to this, but we are not clear on all the details and we would like to be able to identify the suspects first.”

The police dog unit was called to the scene and the suspects were tracked for several blocks before the track ran out.

Anyone with any information on this crime, or the individuals involved, are asked to call Crime Stoppers or the Vernon Detachment of the RCMP.



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