Regina High School in “Secure-the-Building” Mode – UPDATE – Charges Laid

Regina, Saskatchewan – Charges have been laid in connection to the incident involving a Regina high-school entering “Secure-the-Building”* protocol, yesterday, October 27, 2016.

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The school, F. W. Johnson at 400 Fines Drive, enacted a “Secure-the-Building” mode at about 10:15 a.m. yesterday, October 27, 2016, as the result of a spoken comment that was interpreted as a potential threat. Although the comment was rather vague, it was taken seriously by school administration and police.

Police investigation led to the identity of the individual alleged to have made the threatening comment. At approximately 2:30 p.m., the “Secure-the-Building” protocol was ended. Further investigation into this matter led to the recovery of bladed weapons in the possession of two young males.

A fifteen year-old, who will not be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with: Carrying a concealed weapon [CC 90].

A sixteen year-old, who will not be named in accordance with the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with: Public mischief [CC 140(1)(A)]; and Possession of a weapon [CC 88].

The youths are scheduled to make their first appearance in Provincial Youth Court on December 8th, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

* “Secure the Building”: Is a situation where it is believed a threat is currently outside the building resulting in the decision to secure the school whereby all outside doors will be locked to secure the building. Each exterior door is to be monitored by designated school staff until Secure the Building mode has been lifted. Entry and exit of the building will be at the front doors only and are to be monitored by police and school administration. Regular interior school activities continue in a controlled manner.

BACKGROUND:

Regina, Saskatchewan – A Regina High School, F. W. Johnson, at 400 Fines Drive, is currently in “Secure-the-Building” mode while police investigate a potential threat. This possible threat came in the form of a comment made in a conversation and, although the comment was rather vague, it has to be taken seriously by school administration and police and must be investigated thoroughly. Police were notified of this potential threat at about 10:15 a.m. today, October 27, 2016.

Police officers are at the High School, as other patrol officers are also headed to another location to speak to the parties in the conversation to determine whether or not the statements pose a credible threat or necessitate any further action. The School will remain in “Secure-the-Building” mode until investigators have more information.

It is important to understand the terminology and actions taken by authorities. “Secure the Building”: Is a situation where it is believed a threat is currently outside the building resulting in the decision to secure the school whereby all outside doors will be locked to secure the building. Each exterior door is to be monitored by designated school staff until Secure the Building mode has been lifted. Entry and exit of the building will be at the front doors only and are to be monitored by police and school administration. Regular interior school activities continue in a controlled manner.

We will provide further details as soon as they are available.

Regina Police Service


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