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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 Caledonia woman.

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Haldimand OPP released news of the assault charge on Friday, saying the incident happened on November 8.

David Smouter, spokesman 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 Athletic Association website, on November 8, junior and senior women’s basketball games were played at McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia. Both were playoff games.

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

The alleged victim is a North Park player.

In an email, Smourer confirmed the incident happened during a basketball game. He said the match was played to the end, after which a complaint was filed with the AABHN.

“An assault complaint has been filed with the Ontario Provincial Police and they are investigating.” said Smutter.

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

“We can confirm that the person against whom the assault complaint was directed 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 tight-lipped about the incident when asked about it on Friday.

Smourer would not comment on unconfirmed reports that the accused is a coach.