Five youths are facing criminal charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act in relation to an alleged hazing incident in 2017 involving Clarenville High students.
The RCMP initially issued a news release about the investigation in December, 2017, stating the complaint involved one of the school’s sports teams, but not specifying which one.
RCMP told The Packet this week the formal charges were laid in June.
Each youth faces a total of 13 charges, according to RCMP. Because they are under the age of 18, they cannot be named.
Each of the five are charged with four counts of assault, four counts of sexual assault, four counts of forcible confinement, and one count of sexual interference (touching, for sexual purposes, the body of a person under the age of 16).
The case will be heard at Gander provincial court, as that is the jurisdiction where the charges were initially laid.
The police could not offer information on court dates.
The Packet reached out to both Clarenville High School and the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) to inquire about how the school deals with incidents of hazing and bullying.
The NLESD responded on behalf on the school, and referred The Packet to the Policies section of both the school website and the district’s website.