According to a Sikh news outlet, the 17-year-old Sikh who made up allegations of an attack in which his turban was taken off and his hair cut, is now stating, "I am really sorry for everything that has happened."
In a statement released by the teen, he noted, "I did not realize that it will become an issue at such a large scale. My sincere apologies to my family, friends, the RCMP and overall community – whose feelings I have hurt in this whole ordeal. I have to work very hard to rebuild the trust I lost."
A Sikh interviewed for the article said that Sikhs too have to work hard to build back credibility within the community, particularly the law enforcement community: "incidents such as this could diminish the response to real hate crimes against Sikhs."
Other Sikhs have not been very sympathetic towards the young man. A Sikh educator was reported as saying, "I'm hoping – and there are many in the community who hope – the RCMP lay some charges against the boy and hopefully also against the family."
The authorities decided not to press charges against the teen.
In an unrelated story, press reports are indicating that "Davinder Singh, a 15-year-old [Sikh] student of Bayside High School, was assaulted, called a 'terrorist' and threats to kill made against him and his family by a classmate's father on school grounds on June 1."
The father of that classmate exited his vehicle and confronted Davinder Singh. The classmate's father challenged Davinder Singh to a fight without any provocation and threatened to shoot Davinder and his family. Davinder did not respond to the provocation. The classmate's father repeated his challenge to Davinder Singh for a fight and called Davinder Singh a "terrorist". Again, Davinder Singh did not respond to the provocation. Finally, the classmate's father struck Davinder Singh across the face with his fist. Upon doing so, security guards, having seen the assault, confronted the clasmate's father, wrestled him to the ground and stopped the assault. Even upon being restrained, the father told Davinder Singh that if arrested, he would emerge from custody to shoot him and his family.
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