Video of a brawl involving dozens of students at Manitoulin Secondary School has been provided to Sudbury.com.
You can watch the video here, but be warned: it contains violence. However, there's no audio included.
The Manitoulin-Espanola OPP continues to investigate the incident that broke out on Friday, Sept. 14 at Manitoulin Secondary School.
As of Sept. 20, six people have been charged — one adult and five youths — all of whom are from M'Chigeeng First Nation.
M’Chigeeng First Nation is calling out both the Rainbow District School Board and the OPP, saying the charges of only First Nations youth can “easily be construed as a blatant attempt to shift the blame on Indigenous peoples yet again.”
The band says it feels betrayed by the school board at its lack of concern for student safety and success at MSS, as well as its failure to address racism and fostering greater understanding of the history of Indigenous peoples.
In response, Rainbow board chair Doreen Dewar issued a statement on behalf of the school board, stating there is no tolerate for violence, discrimination or racism in its schools.
“The incident that triggered the series of altercations that occurred at Manitoulin Secondary School on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, was not racial in nature. What occurred following the incident, however, was racial in nature and this is most concerning to us.
“The events of the past week have caused us to reflect on how far we have come, where we are now and where we go from here. We respect the First Nations communities and have strengthened our resolve to work together for the benefit of all of our students.”
With the assistance of the Sudbury OPP Crime Unit, the Manitoulin-Espanola OPP is continuing its investigation.
The OPP is reiterating its request that any audio/video recordings of the disturbance be brought to their attention immediately as this investigation is continuing. OPP wish to remind everyone that public safety is not a concern.
Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122, or the Little Current OPP Detachment at 705-368-2200.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online at: www.sudburycrimestoppers.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.