Full Episode: 20th Anniversary Of Reena Virk's Murder

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An event called Remembering Reena: A Community's Commitment to NonViolence will be held this afternoon at the Craigflower Schoolhouse in Saanich. The event will honour fourteen-year-old Reena Virk. On Nov. 14, 1997, Virk was swarmed and beaten by a group of teens under the Craigflower Bridge. As she limped across the bridge after the attack, she was followed by Warren Glowatski and Kelly Ellard. The teens continued the assault, and then drowned Virk by holding her head under water. Her body was found eight days later. Glowatski was given a life sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder. Ellard was tried three times. The verdict of her third trial, a conviction, was set aside. The verdict was appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada which ruled not to hold a fourth trial in an 8-1 decision, upholding the conviction and sentence.

In the aftermath of the crime, Canadian sociologists described the case as a watershed moment for a "moral panic" over youth violence. It has been twenty years since Virk’s murder, so what have we learned since then?

Guest: Dr. Bonnie Leadbeater - Psychology Professor at the University of Victoria & WITS Principal Investigator

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