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Charges laid in knife attack against Surrey school boy

11/01/2013 05:19 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
Six charges have been laid against the 37-year-old Surrey man who took a nine-year-old hostage at Ecole Gabrielle-Roy on Thursday afternoon.

Omar Moustapha Hassan is scheduled to appear in a Surrey courtroom on Friday afternoon and has been charged with hostage taking, unlawful confinement or imprisonment, uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, kidnapping, and failure to comply with a probation order.

The noon-hour incident, which ended peacefully after a nine-minute standoff, sent shockwaves through the close-knit French school and surrounding community. It also raised questions about how a man wielding a knife was able to get close enough to the boy, playing in the schoolyard at recess, to potentially do him harm.

A day after the knife attack, the father of the boy said his son is feeling upbeat and is back at school.

He said it was important that he go back — to show his classmates and his teachers that he wasn’t bothered by what happened, that everything was done properly on the school’s front, and that police handled everything quickly.

The father added that his son even went trick-or-treating last night with his hockey team.

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