Canada ‘Everyone failed my son’: Mother of slain Hamilton teen speaks out about bullying
14-year-old fatally stabbed in front of his mother outside his Hamilton high school
Police say the attack, which was captured on video, shows 'a complete disregard for human life'.The teen was attacked just before 1:30 p.m. ET and died shortly after in hospital. Police have three suspects in custody and are searching for two more. One of those in custody is also 14, another is 19.
's life was cut short in all aspects: he was afraid to go to school and tired of bullies, and his mother appeared to be the only one in his corner as he battled through life as a 14-year-old boy.
"He lost all opportunities. He's never going to grow up. He's never going to get married. He's never going to know what it's like to be a father," Selvey's mother, Shari-Ann Selvey, said.
Selvey was fatally stabbed in front of his mother outside Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School on Monday. She said he was taunted, chased around the corner, sprayed with what is believed to be bear mace and then stabbed in the back while trying his best to get into her car and escape to safety.
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Police say a 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female were arrested Tuesday in connection to the fatal stabbing at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School.Det. Sgt. Steve Bereziuk revealed in a news conference Tuesday that a 16-year-old male and a 16-year-old female had been arrested for first-degree murder on Tuesday morning and investigators say they are "satisfied" the two are the outstanding suspects described by police on Monday night.
"When he called me to say that they were bothering him at the school, I went over there and then my life fell apart," Shari-Ann said, trying to hold back tears.
"Everyone failed my son -- even I did. I tried to save him and I couldn't. I couldn't get to him in time."
Two teens have been arrested in connection with Devan's death, a 14-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man. The suspects are facing first-degree murder charges.
Two other teens were arrested Tuesday, but Hamilton police said they were released without being charged and under no conditions.
"I haven't slept. I haven't eaten. Every time I close my eyes it's there, so I don't close my eyes," Shari-Ann said.
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Bullying is believed to be a factor, but police won't comment on that yet.Two more suspects were arrested yesterday in connection to the homicide. Both are 16 years old and remain unnamed. We do know that of the two more arrested, one is female and the other is male. A total of four are in custody right now, and two have already been charged with first-degree murder, CP24 reports. The two charged are males ages 14 and 18, and their names are under a court-ordered publication ban.
Since Devan's death, questions have been raised surrounding what the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) did and didn't do to address the family's concerns about bullying. Shari-Ann said numerous complaints were made and a friend of the family lodged a complaint with police.
Manny Figueiredo, the HWDSB's director of Education, said all of the information is being provided to police. But he would not comment on how the board responded to the complaints, citing an ongoing investigation.
"Bullying doesn't happen in the isolation of the school and I keep reminding people bullying is becoming more complex especially with the digital world because we know from the research bullying is prevented when A) there's an adult present and B) when bystanders stand up, and we need to continue to work through that," Figueiredo explained.
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"Devan stood up for himself but he stood up for others more than he did himself, he would put others way before him," his best friend told Global News."Devan stood up for himself but he stood up for others more than he did himself, he would put others way before him," said Mikey Wager, the 14-year-old's friend since the pair were in junior kindergarten.
HWDSB officials encouraged anyone with information about not just Devan's murder, but bullying in general, to contact police and the school board so that every potential lead can be followed up.
Shari-Ann encouraged people to standup when bullying occurs.
"More people need to stand up and stop being bystanders. There's no such things as rats anymore. My son was a toothpick and he stood up for people," she said..
Those who loved the 14-year-old said they are heartbroken that such a good boy full of life and admiration for others seemingly fell between the cracks.
"Why was I the only person that had his back?" Shari-Ann said.
A vigil is scheduled to be held for Devan Wednesday evening.
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