Hold and Secure lifted at Red Deer schools following reported stabbing

A reported stabbing in the Lancaster neighbourhood temporarily led to tightened security at schools in the area.

Red Deer RCMP Const. Derek Turner said a person was allegedly “stabbed by an unknown male” Wednesday.

“The victim went off to the hospital and then we spent some time looking for the suspect. We had his description.

“Due to the proximity to the schools, we put them in a ‘hold and secure’ just in case the person ended up going to one of them, they couldn’t go inside,” said Turner.

Hunting Hills High School published a Facebook post before noon stating it and Mattie McCullough were on a hold and secure protocol.

“The hold and secure was initiated by Red Deer City RCMP. Students and staff of Hunting Hills and Mattie McCullough are not in any danger. Teaching and learning continues as normal,” the post said.

Notre Dame and Holy Family School were also put under tightened security.

According to Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools’ website, a hold and secure protocol is used in response to security threats or criminal activity outside the school.

“During a hold and secure, all entrance doors to the school are locked, with no one permitted in or out of the building. No one, other than law enforcement, is permitted access to the building until the hold and secure has been cleared,” the website said.

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