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article imageOp-Ed: Yonge Street video attack - teens charged

By Bryen Dunn     Dec 1, 2011 in Crime
Toronto - A savage beating on the downtown streets of Toronto seems to have been a premeditated attack, as the victim was beaten as those behind the camera called some of the shots. If this is real, this is bad.
According to reports in the CBC , Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun, two Brampton teens have been charged, and others are being sought after a Saturday night beating on Toronto's main thoroughfare. The three females are seen kicking a women in the street calling her names, while a male individual records the whole incident. A video of the beating incident was posted on a US music website shortly after was taped, and shows graphic details of the attack.
There are quite a few shocking things that don't make sense with this whole "real time" episode that happened this past weekend in downtown Toronto, near Yonge-Dundas Square First off, this happened in Canada, a place I thought was progressive and understanding. Secondly, this comes out on the same day Premiere Dalton McGinty called on schools to respond to acts of bullying.
This seems like a classic case of bullying, three on one, with others standing by doing nothing. There appears to be no reason for the attack beyond a short exchange of words, and perhaps a difference of understandings. Walking the streets of Toronto should not be this way. We're taught tolerance and to understand differences, yet this still happens.
The victim had an opportunity to speak on her behalf in this Toronto Sun story, that incudes a disturbing clip of the video. Reading this story, hearing the video, and trying to comprehend it all is disturbing. I just want to say this is not a reflection of Toronto. It's very unfortunate something like this took place in our city.
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