UPDATE – Male student charged with bomb threat at St. Andrew’s

UPDATE February 14:

 
Richard Froese
South Peace News

Charges have been laid against a student at St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie after the school was evacuated by a bomb threat Feb. 12.

A 13 year-old male has been charged with one count of uttering threats and one count of public mischief, High Prairie RCMP Sgt. George Cameron says.

The youth cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He is scheduled to make his first appearance in High Prairie provincial court March 19.

“We had excellent response and communications with school administration, teachers, students and parents,” Cameron says.

“You can’t take these things lightly.”

Classes resumed Feb. 13 after students were evacuated for a bomb threat the previous afternoon.

RCMP declared the school open at 4 p.m. after a lockdown, states a news release from Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD).

“On behalf of St. Andrew’s, I would like to thank all parents and guardians for their support as we navigated through this difficult situation,” principal Marc Lamoureux says.  

“We understand their frustrations and we assured them that all decisions were made in the best interests of student and staff safety.”

Students were evacuated to St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Legion shortly after the threat around 1:30 p.m.

“Thank you to our local RCMP officers for their prompt response, and thorough investigation to ensure the building was safe to re-enter,” Lamoureux says.

Holy Family administration is also grateful for the result.

“I commend all St. Andrew’s School staff for their quick reaction and professional management of this situation,” Supt. Betty Turpin says.

“I am very pleased that a threat of this kind was handled with great care.” 

School administration ordered the evacuation immediately following the threat and then promptly contacted the RCMP. 

After ensuring all students and staff were safely evacuated, all parents and guardians were notified using the school’s notification system.

Almost one year ago, a threat was made at E.W. Pratt High School.

An 18-year-old Grouard male was charged with a single count of uttering threats that occurred March 1 when the school was in a hold-and-secure situation.
 

UPDATE February 13:
St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie was under lockdown for two hours on the afternoon of Feb. 12 as High Prairie RCMP were on patrol.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Classes resumed Feb. 13 at St. Andrew’s School in High Prairie after students were evacuated for a bomb threat the previous afternoon.

High Prairie RCMP declared the school open at 4 p.m. after a lockdown, states a news release from Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD).

“On behalf of St. Andrew’s, I would like to thank all parents and guardians for their support as we navigated through this difficult situation,” principal Marc Lamoureux says.  

“We understand their frustrations and we assured them that all decisions were made in the best interests of student and staff safety.”

Students were evacuated to St. Paul’s Catholic Church and the Legion shortly after the threat around 2 p.m.

“Thank you to our local RCMP officers for their prompt response, and thorough investigation to ensure the building is safe to re-enter,” Lamoureux says.

Holy Family administration is also grateful for the result.

“I commend all St. Andrew’s School staff for their quick reaction and professional management of this situation,” Supt. Betty Turpin says.

“I am very pleased that a threat of this kind was handled with great care.” 

School administration ordered the evacuation immediately following the threat and then promptly contacted the RCMP. 

After ensuring all students and staff were safely evacuated, all parents and guardians were notified using the school’s notification system. 

 

ORIGINAL POST February 12th:

RCMP are currently investigating a bomb threat at St. Andrews School in High Prairie.

Students were moved to the Legion Hall and St. Paul’s Catholic Church as a precaution. Students and staff are not allowed back into the school until everything has been assessed and cleared.

School buses will be running on schedule. There may be a possible cancellation of school for February 13.

Check back with southpeacenews.com for further details as they become available.

 

 

 

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