Friday, September 11, 2015

Prince Rupert RCMP update community on Friday morning incident at Charles Hays Secondary

Late Friday afternoon, the Prince Rupert Detachment of the RCMP provided the official version of  a string of events of earlier in the day at Charles Hays Secondary School.

With the Mounties delivering a bit more background on an incident that led to a hold and secure situation for students attending the east side school.

The security situation at the school and RCMP response to the incident was initiated after online threats on social media were made.

Through the course of the investigation this morning an arrest of one individual, an adult male was made, it was noted this afternoon that the arrested male was not a student of the school.

The RCMP continue to investigate the incident, with a number of charges still possible in relation to the days events. No other details related to the event of the day were provided by the local detachment.

Charles Hays Secondary was the subject of a brief Hold and Secure situation
this morning, as Prince Rupert RCMP investigated on line threats

Charles Hays Principal Sandra Jones outlined some further background for radio station CFNR this afternoon, noting that during the course of the incident, the students were not in any danger.

However developments related to the situation gave the school cause to make the decision to  secure students in their classrooms.

She noted from the days events that rumours, spread through social media and personal texts, caused some alarm for parents in the community.

That situation resulted in parents making calls to the school and at times at volumes that tested the limits of the schools communication system.

School officials will be reviewing their process from today's incident, seeking to learn from events of the day for any future requirements.

As of Friday evening, School District 52 had not yet provided an update, or comment on the incident to its District website.

Some of the media notes on today's incident can be found below:

CFTK -- Charles Hays Secondary School Placed On "Hold & Secure"; One Person Is Arrested
CFTK -- Charles Hays Secondary Hold and Secure incident (audio)
CFNR-- Incident at High School Alarms parents in Prince Rupert (audio)
Northern View -- Students held in school after security threat at Charles Hays Secondary School

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