Lethbridge Police are investigating a suspicious social media post involving a local junior high school.
Lethbridge Police are investigating a suspicious social media post involving a city school – the second such incident in a week. On Tuesday (OCt. 3) at approximately 3:30 pm, police received information about a Snap Chat image depicting a bag bullets labelled “St. Francis Junior High.” Police immediately attended to secure and search the school. No bullets, weapons or anything suspicious was located. At the time of the incident classes had ended for the day, however safety protocols were briefly initiated as a precaution for the staff and students who remained inside. The origin of the image was subsequently traced to a northside home. Police attended the home and located a 13 year old boy who is a student at St. Francis. The boy was questioned by police and there is no evidence to suggest any criminal intent. The image used was a stock photo from the internet and no weapons or ammunition were located at the home. At this time the investigation is ongoing. - Lethbridge Police Service
Letter from Holy Spirit Superintendent Chris Smeaton
Dear Staff, Parents and Students,
At approximately 3:30 PM, Lethbridge Police Service informed Holy Spirit officials about a photo found on Snapchat that showed a stock photograph of a bag of bullets with the words, “St. Francis Junior High,” written across. Although regular classes had concluded and the majority of students had already been dismissed St. Francis administration quickly secured the building and brought all students from within the building and on the practice fields into the gymnasium as a precaution. A locker in the school was searched and police found no further evidence of an ongoing threat. A youth has been questioned and police are confident that there is no risk to the school. For more information, see the media release from the Lethbridge Police Service.
The actions taken by the Division and Lethbridge Police Service followed our regional Violence Threat Risk Assessment Protocol. This protocol demonstrates the importance of partners working together to ensure the safety of our staff, students and community.
St. Francis will operate normally tomorrow. Counselling supports are readily available and should you require further information, please contact school administration.
Chris Smeaton, Superintendent of Schools