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February 15, 2001

Ajax teen claims girls beat her unconscious

Six students charged

Mark Gollom
National Post

An attack on a 15-year-old girl from Ajax, who was allegedly beaten for an hour by six teenage girls, has shocked police.

The teenager told police her attackers continued to punch and kick her after she lost and regained consciousness and was allegedly threatened with death if she contacted authorities.

"This is shocking. It's just not something we're used to seeing. We don't relate young girls being involved in this," said Sergeant Jim Grimley, of the Durham Regional Police.

"It was a vicious beating. She reported being unconscious at one point. The fact that they continued the beating is troubling."

The attack on Tuesday night relates to an apparent confrontation over a boy on Feb. 10 between the girl and her attackers, who cannot be identified under the Young Offenders Act.

On Tuesday night, she was invited to the apartment in Ajax of one of her attackers, who said she wanted to apologize. But when she arrived, others burst in and began to punch and kick her, police said.

During the hour-long attack, her earrings were ripped out, police said. She eventually made her way to another apartment.

The girl was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she was treated for a severe concussion and cuts and bruises.

Yesterday, two 15-year-olds and four 16-year-olds were arrested at a high school in Ajax and charged with assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and threatening death.

"When there's a serious assault, you have to take those [death] threats more seriously," said Sergeant Bruce Townley, who is in charge of youth issues at Durham Regional Police.

"I don't think I've ever seen a six-on-one of this nature strictly with girls. It's usually just a slap or something. This is a lot more severe."

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