No charges laid in re­la­tion to safety con­cern at Marys­town Cen­tral High

RCMP say ru­mour was cause for con­cerns at lo­cal high school

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FARRELL MARYS­TOWN, N.L. [email protected]­erngazette.ca

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Marys­town RCMP into a “po­ten­tial risk” at Marys­town Cen­tral High School (MCHS) re­ported by school ad­min­is­tra­tion Dec. 13 has con­cluded.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the New­found­land and Labrador English School Dis­trict (NLESD) con­firmed at the time the school had been look­ing into in­for­ma­tion about a risk to the school.

On Thurs­day, Dec. 13, a mes­sage from the school’s ad­min­is­tra­tion was sent to par­ents and guardians of stu­dents ad­vis­ing that an in­creased pres­ence of po­lice might be no­ticed at the school on Fri­day, Dec. 14.

In an e-mail sent to The South­ern Gazette on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 19, Glenda Power, di­rec­tor of Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the RCMP, ex­plained that no charges were laid in the mat­ter.

“Our mem­bers in­ves­ti­gated and it ap­pears the con­cerns were based on ru­mor that es­ca­lated,” Power said.

Low at­ten­dance

On Mon­day, Dec. 17, Cheryl Gul­lage, NLESD’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, con­firmed via e-mail that at­ten­dance at both MCHS and nearby Sacred Heart Academy were down on Fri­day, Dec. 14.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 100 stu­dents were in at­ten­dance at Marys­town Cen­tral High on Fri­day, while just un­der half the stu­dents of Sacred Heart Academy were in classes on De­cem­ber 14,” she ex­plained. “While ab­sen­tee num­bers Fri­day were higher than usual at the two schools, both ad­min­is­tra­tions note a va­ri­ety of rea­sons for ab­sences pro­vided by fam­i­lies.”

Marys­town Cen­tral High School has 361 stu­dents en­rolled, while Sacred Heart Academy has 453.

Gul­lage was not able to con­firm if it is known where the ru­mour orig­i­nated, or if the school has taken any dis­ci­plinary in the mat­ter, but said she would con­tact the school re­gard­ing the in­quiry. A re­sponse was not re­ceived by dead­line, how­ever.

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