Investigation into threat at St. Andrew’s continues

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

High Prairie RCMP have yet to lay charges against an underaged youth[s] who posted threats on social media against St. Andrew’s School early Sept. 23.

RCMP media contact Cpl. Chris Warren issued a news release on the matter saying the investigation is continuing.

“The investigation is active and ongoing. At this time no charges have been laid.”

It may be weeks before charges are laid, if any.

High Prairie RCMP responded to the threat on social media just before midnight on Sept. 23. Police were notified of a threat to the school by a student.

“Local RCMP resources took immediate action and were able to identify the source of the post and located the individual involved,” says Warren.

Police assure the public, students, and faculty that there is no threat to the school.

St. Andrew’s School did open for classes as usual Monday morning. Principal Marc Lamoureux says police “have dealt” with the individual who made the post. He posted the following on the school Facebook site:

“This is a message from Marc Lamoureux, principal of St. Andrew’s School. Please be aware that our school became aware of a potential threat to students and staff very early this morning [Monday]. The RCMP worked effectively and found the person responsible. St. Andrew’s School will be open today and regular instruction will take place. Thank you to all that have reached out to the RCMP and to the school to support safety for our kids.”

Phone messages were also sent to parents Monday morning.

The threat made involved “shooting it up” at about 8:30 and that it would “sound like the 4th of July”.

High Prairie S/Sgt. Warren Wright says the culprit was an underaged person.

“RCMP take complaints of this nature seriously and will take immediate action to ensure public safety is not compromised,” says Warren.

After the incident, Holy Family Catholic Regional Division Supt. Betty Turpin praised school staff and the school community.

“In times of strife, we must come together to maintain the strong bonds that exist in our schools. St. Andrew’s School has done that this week. When faced with a threat to student safety yesterday, they supported each other and overcame obstacles together.”

She also alluded to the police investigation.

“The investigation is ongoing and we pray that the RCMP officers will make decisions that are in the best interests of our communities. We thank the RCMP officers for their hard work in the early hours of Monday morning to ensure that the school was safe to open yesterday morning.”


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