Terrace, B.C. students own up to door-to-door money raising scheme

Authorities used program called restorative justice as an alternative to court

Three students who devised a plan to get money from people under the guise of raising money for their school’s band have gone through a program set up as an alternative to being charged and going through the court system.

On March 3, 2016, Terrace RCMP advised the public to watch out for fraud after the group went around to various addresses on Lazelle Ave., Davis Ave., Loen Ave. and Scott Ave. collecting money from people who thought they were donating toward the Skeena Middle School band program, said Terrace RCMP Const. Angela Rabut, who is in charge of media relations and community policing.

“Just under $200 was collected from 15 different people – a ledger was kept by the students with the persons’ names, addresses and the amount ‘donated,’” she said.

“The students were caught after someone called the school to ask if the fundraiser was legitimate.”

The students and their parents were cooperative with the investigation and the students provided statements about their involvement and took responsibility for what they did, Rabut said.

This allows police to divert the incident to the local restorative justice program rather than the courts having to be involved, she said.

A private session was held and an agreement was reached amongst the participants that involved community hours, paying the money back, apology letters, and a follow up in the newspaper about the outcome of the process, said Rabut.

By the end of August, two of the three students had completed their agreement and the third person assured the police that it would be completed before school started up again, said Rabut.

That third student did follow through and completed the tasks before school started, Rabut affirmed Sept. 9.

If the third student hadn’t completed the tasks by the start of school, other avenues of dealing with the criminal offence would have been discussed, said Rabut.

“Due to an agreement being reached at the forum, the matter can not be forwarded for charge approval,” she said.

When a person goes through a restorative justice session, there will be a police record of the incident but there will not be a criminal record, Rabut added.

And the matter can not be sent to court at a later date, it is considered dealt with just as if there had been a court sentence.

Restorative justice programs are active in other communities and the first recorded instance of it being applied officially in Canada dates back to 1974 in Ontario.

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP bust five impaired drivers in one day in Terrace and Kitimat

Police were doing road checks as part of distracted driving, seatbelt enforcement campaign

Horgan makes campaign stop in Terrace and Kitimat

BC NDP leader met with local First Nations leaders, reiterated campaign promises

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

‘Monkey Beach’ supernatural film adaptation premiers at VIFF

Based on Kitamaat author Eden Robinson’s debut, mystical novel

COVID-19 cases grow to 13 at B.C. First Nation near Fort St. James

“This is very serious,” says Nak’azdli Whut’en Chief

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

Lightning strike: Tampa Bay blanks Dallas 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

Hedman wins Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP

Liberals seek to fast track new COVID-19 aid bill after CERB expires

Government secured NDP support for legislation by hiking amount of benefits by $100 to $500 per week

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

B.C. food and beverage producers set record sales in 2019

Farmed salmon again leads international exports

Single vehicle rollover on Highway 16 claims life of young woman near Vanderhoof

The single vehicle incident occurred at Highway 16 and Hillcrest Way

Most Read