A 14-year-old female student has been charged with uttering threats against Innisfail High School. Photo via Chinook’s Edge School Division website

14-year-old charged for uttering threat against Innisfail High School

A 14-year-old female student has been charged with uttering threat against Innisfail High School last week.

Police responded to the threat around 11:20 a.m. on March 7 on the school property.

Innisfail RCMP Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk said the threat wasn’t directed towards anyone in particular.

The threat was “student would shoot up the school and was dead serious,” said Matechuk.

Whether the threat was verbal or electronic is unclear.

Kurt Sacher, superintendent of schools for Chinook’s Edge School Division, said the threat occurred just before lunchtime.

The school principal was notified and the school liaison officer escorted the student out of the school property.

Sacher said all parents were notified about the brief incident that took place under three minutes.

Sacher said the division will work with the student’s family to consider alternative education arrangements.

The threat occurred just days before Chinook’s Edge School Division signed a Community Violence Threat Risk Assessment protocol along with two other school divisions.

Sacher said the division is involved in the protocol to be proactive.

“It’s mapping out better ways for all of us to work together to honour safety in our schools,” he said.

“The fact that this situation was dealt with swiftly and appropriately with no danger to anyone whatsoever speaks to the fact that protocols are paying off in our schools.”

As to how often such threats take place in schools within the division, Sacher said it’s rare but it has happened in the past.

“You do deal with an occasional student who gets frustrated with whatever and utters a threat and makes a statement and we want to air on the side of caution,” Sacher said.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Growing drug-fuelled emergencies at Red Deer’s Buffalo transitional housing complex

City council approves two additional mental health staffers at complex

Climate change, receding glaciers increase landslide risk on B.C.’s Mount Meager

VANCOUVER — Climate change is causing glaciers atop Mount Meager in British… Continue reading

China, US discuss plans for trade talks

BEIJING — China’s economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for… Continue reading

‘We’re going to have a deal very soon’: Staff briefed on possible ServiCom buyer

SYDNEY, N.S. — The sudden closure of a Cape Breton call centre… Continue reading

Equalization protests from Alberta likely pre-election talk: Quebec minister

OTTAWA — Quebec’s finance minister brushed off complaints from Alberta on Monday… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

TORONTO — Canada Soccer has named striker Jordyn Huitema and defender Derek… Continue reading

Review: Too much Spider-Man? Not in the Spider-Verse

You might be forgiven for feeling superhero overload this holiday season. Had… Continue reading

‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Beyonce performs at pre-wedding party in India

Beyonce brought her star power to a pre-wedding party for the daughter… Continue reading

Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

LOS ANGELES — Actor Kirk Douglas got to celebrate his 102nd birthday… Continue reading

Most Read