Lethbridge Regional Police have charged one teenaged boy, and additional charges are pending against two other boys in connection with an assault that resulted in a large group of students being pepper sprayed.
At approximately 12:31 p.m., police responded to a report of an assault outside the Crossings Branch Library along Britannia Boulevard. A 15-year-old boy, who is not a student at either of the schools that border the library, attended the grounds and was confronted by a 17-year-old boy in relation to an ongoing conflict. The 17-year-old initiated a physical altercation and struck the 15-year-old multiple times. A 16-year-old then joined the fight and struck the younger boy again. At the conclusion of the altercation the 15-year-old discharged a can of pepper spray towards a crowd of students who had gathered around, then fled the area. He was located by Patrol members a short time later and arrested without incident.
Approximately 20 people were sprayed with pepper spray and all were treated by EMS at the scene.
The 15-year-old boy is charged with assault with a weapon and possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public. He is scheduled to appear in youth court on Nov. 7.
Assault charges are pending against the other two boys.