EDITORIAL: Troubling times

Residents in Williams Lake are still reeling from the violent robbery of a young teen in the Boitanio skateboard park Monday.

As children across our country and province don pink shirts today to try to raise awareness and put a stop to bullying, residents in Williams Lake are still reeling from the violent robbery of a young teen in the Boitanio skateboard park Monday.

It’s hard to hear the story, but it’s even more difficult to view the video surveillance footage released by the RCMP Tuesday morning.

It is violent and disturbing how the suspects watched their victims before carrying out a cold, calculated attack reminiscent of videos of shootings we see on news programs from around the world.

It would appear, clearly, that crime in the lakecity is increasing in number, violence and randomness in recent weeks, leaving many innocent, traumatized victims in its wake.

We believe the shocking robbery on what was a beautiful sunny Monday afternoon deserves an equally portioned response.

Take a moment to view the video on our website.

Look around your community.

If you know who these suspects are, please contact the police and turn them in.

We cannot afford to let these violent criminals terrorize our children and rule our streets.

Contact city council, and tell them community safety is a top priority and one worth spending our tax dollars on.

– Williams Lake Tribune