Monthly Archives: May 2019

 

CMSD82 New Release – 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.

Sincerely,

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

Please be informed that school district officials were alerted to a concerning message posted on the Facebook Terrace Buy & Sell at 3:00 p.m. today, May 12.  We have been aware that the messages have been posted from both the Terrace and Kitimat communities.

Kitimat and Terrace RCMP, Safer Schools Together (the school district’s provincial student safety experts), school district personnel and school administration are continuing their investigation.  The RCMP and Safer Schools Together have determined this is a low-level risk event.

RCMP presence will be in place at both Skeena Middle School and Mount Elizabeth Middle/Secondary School tomorrow, May 13.  The safety and well-being of all our students and staff is paramount and events of this nature are taken very seriously.

Coast Mountains School District in conjunction with Safer Schools Together have requested that the RCMP pursue prosecution to the fullest extent of the law regarding this event.

Please feel free to contact me or Mr. Killoran, if you have further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Phillip Barron
Principal

 

 

CMSD82 New Release – Skeena Middle School Incidents, May 7 & 10, 2019

 

Please be informed of two related incidents that occurred at Skeena Middle School on May 7 and May 10, 2019.

School officials were alerted on May 7 to a message of concern written on a mirror located in a washroom at Skeena Middle School. School administration and the school district immediately contacted the RCMP and Safer Schools Together to ensure all protocols and processes were followed. An investigation was initiated by the RCMP in consultation with Safer Schools Together (our provincial student safety experts) who determined this was a low-level risk event. RCMP presence was put in place at the Skeena Middle School on May 8, 9 and 10 as an added precaution.

In the early hours of May 10, school district officials were informed of an additional message via a social media app that required attention. This was reported to the RCMP who incorporated this information into their ongoing investigation and was included in continued risk planning made by the RCMP and Safer Schools Together. This additional information was determined to also be a low-level risk incident for students and staff. RCMP presence continues to be in place at Skeena Middle School today.

School staff were informed of these events on the respective incident days. Information letters regarding the incidents were issued to parents and guardians on May 7 and 10 respectively. Students were informed of these events this morning, May 10. Counsellors are available should students need someone to speak with.

This matter is being 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 have and 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.

The school district takes every precaution to ensure the safety of its all students and staff. The safety and well-being of all our students and staff is paramount and events of this nature are taken very seriously.

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

 

Katherine McIntosh
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

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