St. A’s lock­down quickly re­solved

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley

There were some tense mo­ments last Thurs­day as St. An­thony’s School went into a lock­down, how­ever it was quickly re­solved.

At ap­prox­i­mately 8:30 a.m. on June 8, St. An­thony’s School went into lock­down af­ter re­ceiv­ing word from a youth that the pos­si­bil­ity of firearms could be en­ter­ing the school.

RCMP re­sponded and ar­rived promptly to the threat at 8:40 a.m. The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the youth had posted a photo of his air­soft gun to so­cial me­dia the pre­vi­ous even­ing, show­ing off new de­cals he and his mother had ap­plied.

An­other youth then made in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments on­line about bring­ing the gun to school. RCMP have cleared the first youth of any wrong­do­ing and have spo­ken with the other youth be­lieved to have made the in­ap­pro­pri­ate on­line com­ments.

Drumheller RCMP were pleased to see the quick, safe, and ex­tremely ef­fec­tive lock­down as com­pleted by St. An­thony’s School staff, and that no one was in­jured. The lo­cal RCMP have now re­solved the is­sue.

The stu­dents are safe and calm and the school has re­sumed nor­mal op­er­a­tions. There is no fur­ther cause for con­cern. St. An­thony’s school ad­min­is­tra­tion no­ti­fied par­ents of the up­date in an email stat­ing: “Th­ese are al­ways trou­bling sit­u­a­tions, and we thank the par­ents, com­mu­nity, and RCMP for their pa­tience and sup­port.”

mailphoto by Terri Hux­ley

On Thurs­day morn­ing Drumheller RCMP were called to St. An­thony’s School to in­ves­ti­gate a po­ten­tial threat. The or­deal was quickly re­solved and stu­dents were able to re­turn to school safely.

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