A number of youth have been taken into custody, and one sent to the hospital with minor injuries after an incident involving a BB gun on Thursday.
Superintendent of Schools for SD73 Alison Sidow says shortly after noon, police responded to reports of a ‘weapons assault’ outside Brocklehurst Middle School.
“[Police] were there within 30 seconds. They were able to apprehend the youth.”
Sidow says the district is contacting parents to let them know students are safe.
She adds counseling services are being made available for students who witnessed the incident.
“We try to protect our students as much as possible from witnesses anything that could be upsetting and or cause potential ongoing trauma.”
Sidow says councilors are deployed to schools as part of the district’s critical incidents protocol.
“Often all that students need is the opportunity to talk and to be reassured that they are safe and the adults are in charge.”
The school district works with families so they also know how to respond to symptoms a child may be experiencing.
She says it is unfortunate that schools are prepared for such events but that staff are highly trained to respond.
“We practice lock-down twice a year in concert with the RCMP so our staff and students are prepared for an incident like this. Unfortunately, it is a part of our reality today.”
Sidow says she wants students to know school is a safe place and the district wants to “make sure that students feel that when they walk through our doors they know they are going to be supported and looked after by the adults in the building.”
With files from Jeremy Lye & Simon Little