Teen Charged With Second Degree Murder In Death Of Devan Selvey Pleads Guilty – Hamilton | The Canadian News

The teenager accused of fatally stabbing Devan Selvey outside his East Hamilton high school pleaded guilty to second-degree murder just before his jury trial began.

The defendant, now 16, cannot be identified under a court-ordered publication ban.

The trial was originally scheduled for four weeks after pretrial motions were completed in the summer.

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The young man, who was 14 years old in October 2019, was initially charged with first-degree murder in Selvey’s death.

Selvey was fatally stabbed outside Sir Winston Churchill High School on October 7, 2019.

Another teenager, who was 18 years old at the time and the defendant’s brother, pleaded guilty in August 2020 to unauthorized possession of a weapon and is serving 15 months of probation with a suspended sentence.

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In a consensual statement of fact, it was revealed that the confrontation between the two defendants and the victim was related to the theft of a bicycle approximately a month before Selvey’s death.

The events of October 7 took a turn when bear spray was used on one of Selvey’s friends, and the victim was eventually stabbed in the back.

Selvey’s mother said her son was being bullied before he was killed and claims that the Hamilton-Wentworth district school and school staff did not do enough to prevent his death.

The fatal stabbing prompted the public school board to request the independent review, which was conducted by Dr. Jean Clinton, Dr. Gary Warner, and Brenda Flaherty.

the final report of the Safe Schools panel I heard from nearly 10,000 people who shared their experiences with bullying through the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) system.

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About 60 percent of the students surveyed for the review said they had been bullied in the year before the pandemic, and 19.7 percent reported they were bullied on a regular basis.

Those numbers are higher than the national average for 2017, when just over 30 percent of Canadian students reported being bullied at least once by their peers and between 7 and 10 percent said they were bullied. On a regular basis.

The 102-page report made 11 recommendations on how bullying incidents should be handled going forward.

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