AMHERST – An assault posted on Facebook has resulted in two Amherst teens coming under police scrutiny.
The two alleged assailants and the lone victim are students at Amherst Regional High School. All three are 15-year old males. Chignecto-Central Regional School Board spokeswoman Debbie Buott-Matheson said the assault did not take place on school grounds (although the Amherst Police Department confirmed it happened in Amherst).
“Situations like this have to be taken seriously,” said the spokeswoman.
The principal of the school, Pamela Hoare, was made aware of the video Thursday morning. After seeing the video, the principal alerted police, Buott-Matheson said.
Disciplinary action from the school is a possibility when actions take place off school grounds during school hours, said Buott-Matheson, depending on the circumstances. An investigation by the board has been opened.
The alleged assailants may face more serious consequences.
“We are investigating it,” said Deputy Chief Ian Naylor of the Amherst Police Department.
Police confirmed two teenagers were interviewed and charges are pending. The two alleged attackers were recognized by police from the video, according to Naylor. The high school also assisted with identification.
Witnesses to the assault can be seen on-camera in the video, according to the authorities. Police said the victim’s injuries from the attack were minimal; he was seen by a doctor and released.