Kitimat RCMP Locate Youth Suspect As School Threats Investigated in Kitimat, Terrace

John Crawford
05/14/2019

Kitimat RCMP say a youth suspect has been located in connection with a Facebook post made Monday morning suggesting a threat to Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.

The detachment received information from the school of a post with a gun, knife and caption suggesting the person would be coming to Kitimat with the weapons.

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The school, and Skeena Middle School in Terrace, were already being watched by RCMP from both communities, over concerns regarding a Facebook post made Sunday afternoon, allegedly by a former Mount Elizabeth student, which appeared to threaten both schools.

Kitimat Constable Kurtis Fink says the RCMP "have a duty to thoroughly investigate these threats and the police will take steps to protect the public if and when there are credible safety concerns".

In Terrace, Sergeant Mike Robinson says social media is perpetuating the problem, and that adults need to talk to their children about what they are saying and posting online.

A release posted by the School District on its website says persons of interest are currently being questioned by the RCMP and school district staff.

The school district says it's working on arranging School Staff Sessions and Parent Information Evening Sessions facilitated by the RCMP and the "Safer Schools Together" program -- with scheduling depending upon the availability of these organizations' representatives.  (News release below)

=== RCMP NEWS RELEASES BELOW ===

Face Book Gun Threat

Kitimat

2019-05-13 13:26 PDT

File # 2019-1226

 

Kitimat RCMP received a Facebook threat involving a firearm.

Shortly after 10:30 am today, Kitimat RCMP received information from Mount Elizabeth Secondary School of a Facebook post with a gun, knife and a caption suggesting the person will be coming to Kitimat with the weapons. 

Kitimat RCMP can confirm the youth suspect has been located and there is no concern for public safety

Cst. FINK would like to reassure the community that public safety is our number one priority and threats of this nature are taken seriously. "We have a duty to thoroughly investigate these threats and the police will take steps to protect the public if and when there are credible safety concerns"

Cst. FINK would also like to remind the public when suspicious or alarming posts are made on Social Media to advise the police.

No further information is available at this time as the matter is still under investigation. 

 

Released by

Cst. Kurtis Fink

Media Relations Officer
Kitimat RCMP
888 Lahakas Blvd, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2H9
Office: 250-632-7111
Fax: 250-632-2326

Email: kurtis.fink@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

 

Police presence at Skeena Middle School

Terrace

2019-05-13 16:38 PDT

 

On May 7, 2019, Terrace RCMP were made aware of remarks regarding Skeena Middle School.

School board administration contacted the Terrace RCMP and together they discussed safety planning and investigative measures, which include increased police visibility at the school.

Be assured, Terrace RCMP takes the safety of students very seriously, said Terrace RCMP Staff Sergeant Michael Robinson. I myself have two kids who attend that school and I remain confident in their safety.

Although details of the investigation cannot be released, the initial remark which prompted police engagement was very general in nature and deemed to be low-risk based on information present.

We are continuing our investigation, we have had an increased police visibility at the school, and we have safety plans in place for all of our schools, added Stf. Sgt. Robinson. Our Safe School Plans are updated and reviewed regularly and include information on responding to emergencies at any and all of our Terrace schools. They are literally at our fingertips should they be needed.

Since the initial report was received, other remarks have been observed that are similar in nature and have been reposted or modified slightly.

Right now social media is perpetuating the problem, said Stf. Sgt. Robinson. As adults we need to talk to our children about what they are saying and posting online. Every time someone reposts or alters and posts something related to the remarks, it distracts police from being able to investigate the initial complaint which created this situation.

The Terrace RCMP continues to investigate and work with Skeena Middle School to provide students, staff, and families a feeling of security.

If you have information about crime contact the Terrace RCMP at (250)638-7400 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers by telephone at 1-800-222-TIPS, online at www.terracecrimestoppers.ca.
 

Released by

Cst. Crystal Evelyn

Community Policing / Media Liaison
Terrace RCMP
terrace.bc.rcmp.ca
3205 Eby St., Terrace BC, V8G 2X7
Office: 250-638-7400
Fax: 250-638-7448

Email: Crystal.EVELYN@rcmp-grc.gc.ca


=== COAST MOUNTAINS SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE ===
 

 

 

News Release

 

 

May 13, 2019

 

UPDATE RE: CONCERNING MESSAGES - MAY 12 & 13, 2019

 

We write to you today to provide an update regarding the previous incidents that occurred on May 7 and 10, 2019 at Skeena Middle School. Additionally, we wish to share new information pertaining to incidents that occurred on May 12 and 13, 2019 relating to Skeena Middle School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.

 

School officials were alerted to a new social media message of concern on Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 p.m. The message was posted on the Terrace Buy & Sell Facebook page by a former student of Kitimat’s Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School. School district officials were immediately informed of this new message, who in turn contacted the RCMP and Safer Schools Together to investigate. Persons of interest are currently being questioned by the RCMP and school district staff.

 

This morning, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. approximately a further concerning social media message was posted on a personal Facebook page in Kitimat. As the RCMP were already on site at Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, they immediately began an investigation, which included Safer Schools Together. The RCMP continue to have a presence today at both Skeena Middle School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.

 

The school district is working on arranging School Staff Sessions and Parent Information Evening Sessions facilitated by the RCMP and Safer Schools Together. We hope to arrange these sessions in a timely manner, however, it is dependent on the availability of these organizations representatives.

 

As previously reported, this matter continues to be investigated by the RCMP and the school district. Any and all leads are being investigated. The school district takes its own measures and will be conducting its own investigation into these incidents. The school district has activated its multi-disciplinary Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) process. This involves the RCMP and other community partners. School and school district officials continue to be in contact with the RCMP, the Ministry of Education and Safer Schools Together to ensure the emotional health, safety and well-being of all students and staff at Skeena Middle School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School.

 

Students and school staff were provided with updated information today. Counsellors continue to be available should students need someone to speak with.

 

If you are a parent or guardian of a student at Skeena Middle School or Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School, please feel free to contact the school administration if you have further questions or concerns.

 

We understand these are difficult events to navigate through and we appreciate your support and understanding as we work through the investigation.


Katherine McIntosh

Superintendent of Schools

 

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