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Woman faces assault charge after incident at school sporting event

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An incident at a high school basketball game in Haldimand County earlier this month resulted in an assault charge against a 41-year-old woman from Caledonia.

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The Haldimand Ontario Provincial Police released news of the assault charge on Friday, saying the incident occurred on November 8.

David Smouter, spokesperson for the Grand Erie District School Board, said the board is aware of the incident and is cooperating fully with authorities.

According to game results posted on the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Athletics Association website, on November 8, junior and senior girls’ basketball games were held at McKinnon Park High School in Caledonia. Both were playoff games.

The junior game was between McKinnon Park and North Park Collegiate in Brantford. The senior game featured McKinnon Park against Pauline Johnson Collegiate, also of Brantford.

The alleged victim is a player from North Park.

In an email, Smouter confirmed that the incident happened during a basketball game. He said the match was played until the end, after which a complaint was registered with the AABHN.

“An assault complaint has been filed with the Ontario Provincial Police and they are investigating. Said Smouter.

“All students, staff and volunteers have the right to play in a safe space. Grand Erie will not tolerate violence of any kind. We are fully cooperating with this investigation, and as this matter is before the courts, we will not share further details.

“We can confirm that the person against whom the assault complaint was brought is not a Grand Erie employee.”

The family of the alleged victim has retained the services of a lawyer. Alex Battick, of Battick Legal Advisory in Mississauga, was quiet about the incident when asked about it on Friday.

Smouter declined to comment on unconfirmed reports that the accused is a coach.


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