Campbell River RCMP notice rise in young people wearing pepper spray for the wrong reasons – Campbell River Mirror

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Campbell River RCMP are noticing a trend of youth wearing pepper spray for the wrong reasons.

“Some of the excuses officers hear is that young people are carrying the spray to protect themselves from people because the community is dangerous,” said Const. Maury Tyr. “However, the use of the spray tends to make the community more, not less dangerous. In the hands of young people, it ends up being used more often as an offensive weapon rather than an animal deterrent.

The RCMP Media Liaison Officer reported a recent incident in which a man used pepper spray to get revenge for a lost fight.

It was only the victim’s refusal to participate in the investigation that prevented the attacker from being charged with assault with a weapon.

“Police are also finding bear spray and knives in backpacks when we break up groups of 14- or 15-year-olds drinking or smoking marijuana in public places like school grounds late in the day. at night,” Tire said. “Their excuses are that it’s dangerous, but the problem is that it’s 3am, you’re drunk and stoned and you have concealed weapons on you. It’s dangerous.”

It’s not just the young people’s responsibility to be careful, Tyr added.

Guardians who purchased bear spray or other weapons used to commit an offense could be found guilty of criminal negligence or liable in civil court.

“If your kids are telling you it’s extremely dangerous out there, it’s probably time to start asking where they hang out and who they hang out with,” Tire suggested. “Most violent crimes in the community are committed by people who know each other well, not complete strangers. So if the people you hang out with are carrying guns, it just increases the likelihood that a gun could be used against you.

Anyone wishing to report criminal activity in the community can contact the Campbell River RCMP at 250-286-6221 or, in an emergency, dial 911.


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