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Three arrested after boy stabbed, another tasered and beaten in park near downtown high school

Posted on 30 September 2017 by admin

Bickford Park is a few blocks away from Central Toronto Academy, where one of the victims fled to get help, said police.

Three suspects are in custody after one boy was stabbed and another tasered and beaten in a park near a downtown high school Thursday, Toronto police said.

Police and paramedics were called to Central Toronto Academy, on Shaw St., just north of College St., at 12:40 p.m., for reports that a boy had been stabbed outside the school. Police later found the stabbing had actually happened at Bickford Park, a few blocks east at Harbord and Grace Sts.

“The boy retreated into the school to get help,” Toronto police Const. David Hopkinson said.

Paramedics estimated the boy is about 15, and said his injuries were serious.

“I don’t believe it’s life-threatening,” Hopkinson said.

Police and paramedics later found a second male who appeared to have been tasered and beaten with a metal object, Hopkinson said. Paramedics said the second victim was either 17 or 18, and his injuries were less serious.

“They were together,” Hopkinson said of the two victims.

Paramedics said they also transported a woman who witnessed the incident to hospital for assessment.

The school was locked down for about an hour after the incident and the boy’s parents have been contacted, the Toronto District School Board tweeted.

Police didn’t share a suspect description, but just after 3:30 p.m., Hopkinson said three people were in custody. He declined to say how old the suspects are or their genders, as they haven’t formally been charged.

Central Toronto Academy — formerly known as Central Commerce before a name change in 2014 — was the alma mater of former Toronto mayor Mel Lastman.

In recent years, the school has undergone sweeping changes as the Toronto District School Board began modernizing its curriculum, offering advanced placement courses and arts and culture-centred majors.

 

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