Student charged with threats at PRJH

Prairie River Junior High School is surrounded by police vehicles of the High Prairie RCMP and the Town of High Prairie peace officers during a short lockdown Feb. 21.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

A student at Prairie River Junior High School in High Prairie was charged after an incident that locked down the school for about 30 minutes on Feb. 21.

A 13-year-old male was charged with one count of uttering threats and one count of public mischief, High Prairie RCMP S/Sgt. Warren Wright says.

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

“In light of recent events in schools, we take these incidents very seriously,” Wright says.

“Threats caused the school to lock down as a precautionary step.”

Police responded to the call about 2 p.m. before the lockdown was lifted about 2:30 p.m.

RCMP were assisted by the Town of High Prairie peace officers.

“The safety of our students and staff was not at risk,” says Kyle Nichols, communications officer for the High Prairie School Division.

“The threat was received and our staff worked quickly to ensure the safety of the school community.”

School administration followed protocol to respond to the incident.

“We take all threats seriously and are extremely vigilant,” says Nichols.

“When a threat comes in, we immediately work to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Students remained in classes and were prohibited from moving between classes until the lockdown was lifted.

A lockdown protocol is initiated when there is an immediate threat of violence to students and staff inside the building.

The main objective is to protect the maximum number of people behind locked doors.

In a lockdown situation, students and staff will be locked in secure areas and the school will not operate as normal. All cellular phones will be turned off and no one will be allowed in or out of the school.

The incident was the second lockdown at a local school caused by a threat within nine days.

Students were evacuated after a bomb threat Feb. 12 at St. Andrew’s School. A 13 year-old male student was charged with one count of uttering threats and one count of public mischief.

On March 1, 2017 threats were made at E.W. Pratt High School. A Grouard male, 18, was charged with a single count of uttering threats. The school was placed in a hold-and-secure situation.

 

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