Three teens involved in the violent machete attack on Korean exchange students have been arrested by North Vancouver police. 18-year-old Blair Benedict, 18-year-old Christopher Lambert, both of North Vancouver, and a 17-year-old Surrey resident have been charged with aggravated assault for slashing the students at the Lonsdale Quay bus stop on Jan. 28.
Not surprisingly, this doesn't bode well for Vancouver's reputation as an attractive destination for foreign exchange students. I mean, attacks with a machete? Those injured students (who are now back in Korea) might have been braced for such an assault if they were going on exchange to Nigeria, but probably weren't expecting this when they chose to study on Canada's West coast. With the severe injuries they incurred, it's not likely they'd recommend Vancouver as a travel destination to friends or family.