Third teen charged in Eastview Middle School gun incident

Replica BB handgun was found after RCMP called to school on Tuesday afternoon

RCMP have charged a third teen involved in a gun-related incident at Eastview Middle School on Tuesday.

Two male teens were arrested on Tuesday and are now facing gun-related charges after a replica BB handgun was found during a lockdown at the school.

Police were looking for a 15-year-old suspect, who turned himself in on Wednesday evening, said RCMP in a news release Thursday.

“All three youths, aged 15, 16, 17, are facing charges of possession of a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon under the Criminal Code, as well as disturbing or interrupting proceedings of a school under the School Act,” say police.

The three are scheduled to appear in youth court June 27 in Red Deer provincial court.

Meanwhile, Eastview Middle School’s principal sent a letter to parents on Thursday reassuring them the school is safe and Tuesday’s incident is being handled.

“In terms of our response, the school and district have dealt with those students directly involved in Tuesday’s incident as well as related activities,” says the letter from principal Kevin Robertson.

“RCMP continue investigating and have and will lay charges as appropriate.”

Robertson says he is aware that questions linger about safety and security for students and staff.

“We appreciate and understand your concerns and want to assure you we are doing everything we can to address this incident with a true belief that the situation is under control and is being effectively addressed,” he says.

“We continue working very closely with Red Deer City RCMP as they investigate and respond to events that took place before, during and after the lockdown.”

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