Another day, another stabbing.
More young people hurt. More young people arrested.
This was a nightmare in the Scarborough Town Centre that landed three people in hospital with stab wounds. A regular Tuesday evening turned bloody after the knives came out following a disagreement between two groups of young people. Very quickly all hell broke loose.
“My son and I were just shopping for sneakers at Scarborough Town Centre,” tweeted best selling author and speaker Amber Mac. “When we turned the corner in the mall, security guards were sprinting and we were stopped in a large crowd.”
She told the Toronto Sun she witnessed a “quick response” by mall security who were able to stop this incident from becoming even worse.
“We walked right into a trail of blood and someone getting help,” she said.
This traumatic incident happened at about 6:30 p.m. in a very busy mall with people shopping, eating supper or travelling home from work and school.
Toronto Police and mall security were able to get in and break up the melee and arrest one suspect, while coordinating with paramedics to treat the wounded.
“A 14-year-old boy was arrested on the scene,” Const. Ed Parks said.
His colleague Const. Alex Li told reporters at the scene “an altercation took place, at which point three individuals sustained stab wounds and knife injuries.”
Police are hoping to update the public later Wednesday on the conditions of the wounded but at this point all are expected to recover. Detectives are also investigating to determine what was behind this incident.
“If you were involved or witnessed anything, we are asking that you contact police,” said Parks.
Police are also reviewing video evidence from security cameras and cellphones.
It’s just ridiculous but not the only stabbing incident this week. On Monday at Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute, Toronto Police were looking into three people mixing it up outside the school. A student was injured and taken to hospital, where he is expected to recover. It’s unknown if the Scarborough Town Centre melee is connected to it.
On Tuesday at St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga, two people were stabbed and a 15-year old arrested. There was also a recent stabbing on the TTC and several other calls.
While knife crimes don’t get the headlines that shootings do, it’s important to remember how deadly knives can be. In November, 15-year-old Maahir Dosani was stabbed to death outside North York’s Victoria Park Collegiate Institute.
“My thoughts are with the family of 15-year-old Maahir Dosani who was fatally stabbed yesterday at Victoria Park Collegiate,” Premier Doug Ford tweeted at the time. “Our schools should be a safe place for all students.”
The premier is right but the truth is schools are not always safe spaces. Neither are malls nor subway platforms.
The recent spate of violence is so concerning that Mayor John Tory on CP24 Wednesday morning said he has spoken to Chief James Ramer about it and asked him “if these are connected in some way” and raised the issue of the “state of mental health of young people” as a result of the pandemic.
Could lack of carding and easy bail be contributing factors? Whatever the cause, it’s a troubling trend that keeps happening.
Where’s the next stabbing going to take place?