Playground fight concluded without charges

Lethbridge Regional Police have concluded an investigation into a fight at a local playground last month without charges.

On July 7, 2015 at approximately 8:26 p.m. police responded to a report that a 13-year-old boy had been assaulted in the playground area of Ecole St. Mary along the 400 block of 20 Street South. At the time the 13-year-old reported that he had been approached by three unknown boys and was punched and choked in an unprovoked attack. He further reported the assault had been recorded.

Police searched the area but were unable to locate the subjects. Following further investigation video surveillance of the three subjects arriving and leaving the area was obtained and publicly released on July 13 in an effort to identify the boys.

On July 15, after seeing the video, the father of one of the boys contacted police to report that his 10-year-old son was one of the subjects involved. Two older boys, both 15-years-old, were subsequently identified and police also obtained the video recording of the incident.

Upon further investigation, including reviewing the video and interviews with the parties involved, it was determined the incident was in fact a consensual fight between the 10-year-old and 13-year-old over an iPhone, not an unprovoked assault. The two older boys encouraged and recorded the incident but did not physically engage in the fight.

No criminal charges were laid, however the 10-year-old and two 15-year-olds have written apology letters to the complainant for their respective roles in this playground bullying incident.

The file is now concluded and no further information will be released.