Adults Behind Student 'Fight Club' That Sent Some Youths to Hospital, Police Say

Police in Canada have said adults appear to be behind a "fight club" involving high school students after some of the youngsters who fought in it were sent to hospital.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) started investigating after students in Grande Prairie, Alberta, were taken to hospital with serious injuries after taking part in the after-school fights in high school parking lots, a spokesperson for Grande Prairie RCMP told Newsweek.

"Grande Prairie RCMP received reports that multiple fights were taking place after hours involving local high school students," the spokesperson said.

"Information suggested the fights were possibly taking place in school parking lots and may be organized by other young adults (age range possibly between 18-24). There were confirmed injuries which required treatment at hospital."

The police spokesperson said the RCMP sent a letter to all the school boards and high schools in the area to be forwarded to parents and students in a bid to "try and curb the behavior before it escalated or further injuries occurred."

"The purpose of the letter was to advise parents of the reported fights and request they speak to their youth about it, as well as to educate local students of the potential consequences of attending or participating," the spokesperson said.

"The RCMP sent the letter to try and curb the behavior before it escalated or further injuries occurred."

The letter, provided to Newsweek, warned that those fighting in public could face criminal charges.

Even if those who fight do so of their own accord, they can still face assault charges if serious injury is inflicted, the RCMP said. Those "gathering to watch or cheer on" the fights could also be charged, the letter added.

"Police have received reports of a 'fight club,' that is occurring in the evening hours in various locations of Grande Prairie, notably in high school parking lots," the letter said. "This behavior is unacceptable and highly concerning. Reports of serious bodily injury have been received, and will be investigated thoroughly."

CTV News reported that Grande Prairie Catholic Schools also sent a letter home to parents after two organized fights took place between students in an open parking lot.

Superintendent Karl Germann wrote in the letter that the fights were watched by a group of people, including some students. After one fight he described as "intense," a student was seriously injured and taken to hospital.

"The fight is pre-arranged, the location and times is selected, and certain students are invited to the fight," he wrote in the letter, according to CTV News. "Cars form a circle and turn on their lights. The fight then occurs and is video taped."

Grande Prairie Catholic Schools have warned that any students found to be involved in the fights could be suspended or expelled, even if the fight takes place outside of school hours and off school premises, according to CTV News.

Parents and students are being urged to call police if they hear about a fight or see cars forming a circle like on previous occasions.

Police corporal Candace Hrdlicka, of Grande Prairie RCMP, told Global News that students aged between 16 and 18 have taken part in the fights. She said some of the students were injured and sent to hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening. No arrests have been made, the outlet reported.

Grande Prairie Catholic Schools and Grande Prairie Public Schools Division have been contacted for comment.

This article has been updated with information from the RCMP.

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