Caledonia woman charged with assault after high school basketball game

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A Caledonia woman is facing an assault charge after an “incident” at a school basketball game on Nov. 8.

The OPP laid the assault charge on Nov. 23 but did not name the school or answer any further questions, with a police spokesperson saying doing so could “jeopardize the ongoing investigation.”

Grand Erie District School Board spokesperson Dave Smouter confirmed there was an incident at a basketball game on Nov. 8.

Following the game, a complaint was made to the Athletics Association of Brant Haldimand Norfolk. The association rendered a decision, which Smouter did not reveal, and police were subsequently contacted, though it is not clear who called them.

According to the Athletics Association of Brant Haldimand Norfolk website, McKinnon Park Secondary School in Caledonia played host to the basketball district quarter finals that day.

“We are co-operating fully with this investigation, and as this matter is before the courts, we will not be sharing additional details,” Smouter said.

“All students, staff and volunteers have a right to play in a space that is safe. Grand Erie will not tolerate violence of any kind.”

Smouter confirmed that the accused, a 41-year-old woman, is not a school board employee. He did not confirm if she was a volunteer.

Two games were played at McKinnon Park on Nov. 8. The school’s junior girls team took on visiting North Park Collegiate out of Brantford, while the senior girls hosted Pauline Johnson Collegiate, also from Brantford.

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator

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