Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate se­cures school fol­low­ing in­ci­dent with two stu­dents

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@cb­n­com­pass.ca

CAR­BON­EAR, NL — A se­cure school pro­to­col was car­ried out at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate last Tues­day fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent with two stu­dents.

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, a high school ser­vic­ing sev­eral com­mu­ni­ties in the lo­cal area, was forced to uti­lize se­cure school pro­to­col in re­sponse to a pair of stu­dents who were deemed dis­rup­tive to school safety that day.

The se­cure school pro­to­col is a safety pro­ce­dure that sees stu­dents and staff re­stricted in their move­ment through­out the school. Dur­ing the pro­to­col, all doors and win­dows are to be locked, and proper emer­gency re­sponse au­thor­i­ties called, though in­struc­tion and classes still con­tinue.

Ken Mor­ris­sey of the New­found­land and Labrador English Schools Dis­trict ex­plained that while the se­cure school pro­to­col is a safety mea­sure, it is not the same as a lock­down, which sees in­struc­tion stop and only comes into play un­der ex­treme cir­cum­stances.

“This was a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure to ad­dress the is­sue,” said Mor­ris­sey. “Dur­ing that time, stu­dent safety was not at risk.”

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate did con­tact the Har­bour Grace RCMP Tues­day, how­ever, ac­cord­ing to Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks, the sit­u­a­tion had re­solved it­self by the time of­fi­cers ar­rived at the scene.

“On our side of things, there wasn’t much to it,” said Hicks. “Which is good in a way, be­cause no one wants to see these sorts of sit­u­a­tions get out of hand.”

Dur­ing se­cure school pro­to­cols, teach­ers and staff are to en­sure that hall­ways re­main empty un­til the sit­u­a­tion has been re­solved, and to take at­ten­dance of all stu­dents in the class­room. Though sim­i­lar to the lock­down pro­ce­dure, the lat­ter is only car­ried out in the event of an armed in­truder.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate re­cently had to carry out se­cure school pro­ce­dures Tues­day fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing two stu­dents.

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