No charges laid in relation to safety concern at Marystown Central High
RCMP say rumour was cause for concerns at local high school
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.
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.