Devan Selvey, who was fatally stabbed exterior of his college Monday, is being remembered by those that cherished him as a quiet sort child, who stored to himself however was also called a peacekeeper.
“Devan stood up for himself but he stood up for others more than he did himself, he would put others way before him,” mentioned Mikey Wager, the 14-year-old’s buddy because the pair have been in junior kindergarten.
“I want him to be remembered as a kid who stood up for what he believed in. His last words will forever inspire me.”
Wager mentioned Selvey’s final phrases overheard by his mom have been “I was not raised like that.” Wager mentioned the boy was replying to a taunt by a feminine scholar. Moments later, Wager mentioned Selvey was stabbed within the again as he tried to flee from a gaggle of teenagers who have been allegedly assaulting him with bear mace.
“Saying something and doing something are two completely different things,” defined Wager, who mentioned Sir Winston Churchill Secondary College was notified a couple of bullying concern with the identical group of 5 college students a number of occasions.
In actual fact, Wager’s father, Shawn, instructed International Information he’s been to the college 4 occasions and to Hamilton police at the least as soon as, to file formal complaints about bullying involving the 2 college students — his son and Selvey.
“I’ve gone to the school, we’ve talked to the police, they all know the story and the story will come out eventually on the aspects but today we’re just talking about Devan. Devan did not deserve any of this,” he mentioned.
Shawn mentioned he’s involved in regards to the bullying tradition within the college and doesn’t plan on sending his personal son again after what occurred to his lifelong buddy. He mentioned the pair have been usually bullied collectively and Selvey’s bike was stolen again in September by the identical group of scholars.
“I’m not sending my son into a war zone again, it’s just not going to happen.”
Administration at the highschool admitted there’s a bullying drawback however mentioned it spills out into the neighborhood in addition to on-line.
“True transparency, you say does bullying occur in our schools and our communities, yes it does,” mentioned Manny Figueiredo, director of training with the Hamilton Wentworth District College Board. “By way of this particular case with Devan, what we’ll be sharing with the police for the investigation is what did Devan report back to the employees right here and the way did we reply.
“And the police are asking us for all of that.”
Two folks have been charged in reference to the stabbing. Two different teenagers have been arrested Tuesday and launched by police with out situations. Figueiredo mentioned the kids have been each previous and current college students on the college however wouldn’t remark additional on their involvement with the sufferer.
“Once the police have finished their own inquiry investigation at a certain point, then the board will do their own safe schools investigation. So they’ll say ‘here are our policies, here are the Ministry expectations, how did we follow up and respond,’” Figueiredo added.
In the meantime, a candlelight vigil is being held Wednesday night on the college from 6:30 p.m. to eight p.m.
The soccer staff can also be holding a sport Thursday night time at 7 p.m. the place they’ll be serving to to boost cash for funeral prices.
“If the heart of the incident is not caring, then the community is going to feel sad just like we are so we’re trying to put a smile on our face and remember Devan in the best light,” defined Grade 12 scholar Zeke Lemon.
Funeral preparations are being made by the Selvey household and it’s hoped he shall be laid to relaxation Saturday.
A GoFundMe has been set as much as assist the household with funeral bills, as nicely.
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