Sarnia court: Grade 8 student gets probation for attacking friend who took her shoes

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An elementary school student has been sentenced to eight months of probation in a Sarnia court for repeatedly punching a friend for wearing her shoes.

The girl on Thursday pleaded guilty to assault in youth court.

Court was told that during a school-day noon hour, the girl confronted her friend about taking her shoes without first asking.

The Grade 8 student’s punches caused bruising and swelling to the victim’s face. The assault was ended by another student.

The overreaction was described by the girl as a rage issue and she is taking counseling, said defence lawyer Alicia Siebert.

A family member told the court the girl is working hard on anger issues.

A joint submission by Crown and defence for eight months of probation was accepted by Justice Deborah Austin, who described the girl’s reaction as “so inappropriate.”

“It’s important you find better ways to deal with disputes with friends,” Austin said.

During probation, the girl must take anger-management counseling and cannot contact the victim without written, revokable consent.

Anger is obviously the key area of concern, but there should be counseling for personal issues contributing to her anger, Austin said.

In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the girl cannot be publicly identified.

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