Student suffers broken cheekbone after being punched, kicked at Halifax West High School

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - A student at Halifax West High School suffered a broken cheekbone after police say he was punched and kicked by another student Monday morning.

A police cruiser sits outside of Halifax West High School in this file photo.

The assault at the school was called into police around 11:30 a.m.

Police say the victim, who was 18, was punched and kicked several times and taken to hospital by paramedics.

Another student at the school, 18, was arrested nearby and faces harges of assault causing bodily harm.

He has been released from custody and is due in court on June 24.

Doug Hadley, spokesman for the Halifax Regional School Board, said a teacher was in the vicinity of the fight outside the school but there was no warning.

Hadley said the victim was a Grade 12 student and knew the Grade 11 student who allegedly attacked him.

There was a lot of blood on the victim’s face, Hadley said, but no weapons were seen. 

He said “something in their personal lives” was likely a reason for the fight.

“It’s not something we see with regularity though. We are more concerned with the well being of the victim,” said Hadley.

He said the school will hold their own investigation into what happened, which could lead to repercussions.

Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages said these kinds of fights “can’t be tolerated,” no matter where they occur.

“Specifically when you end up with a victim that has broken bones,” he said.

– with files from Philip Croucher

Organizations: Halifax West High School, Halifax Regional School Board

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