UPDATE: Lethbridge High School Student Charged After Concerning Social Media Posts

One of the posts consisted of a firearm lying on top of a package of cigarettes and the second showed a case of bullets. Both made reference to Chinook High School.

UPDATE

Lethbridge Police have charged an 18 year old boy in relation to some concerning social media posts which referenced a west side high school. The posts were shared on Snap Chat Monday night with one photo showing a firearm lying on a pack of cigarettes and the other a case of bullets. Both posts had "Chinook High School" written across them. An 18 year old was taken into custody Tuesday morning and interviewed in relation to the photos. Investigators say there was no intent to cause harm and the student has apologized for his poor judgement. The teen has been charged under the School Act for disturbing the proceeding of a school. -Tina Giesbrecht

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Lethbridge police have a male student in custody and continue to investigate an incident where suspicious posts regarding Chinook High School were circulated on social media. Monday night around 11:00,  police responded to multiple reports of concerning photos on Snap Chat. One of the posts consisted of a firearm lying on top of a package of cigarettes and the second showed a case of bullets. Both posts had “Chinook High School” written across them. Police proceeded to speak to multiple witnesses who observed the posts and the school was notified of the incident during the early morning hours. All school staff and officials have fully cooperated with the investigation. Prior to the start of classes, multiple officers were deployed to the west side high school to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Shortly before 8:30 am Tuesday an 18 year old male student was taken into custody at the school without incident and has been interviewed in relation to the posts. At this time the investigation is ongoing, however police do not believe there is any ongoing risk to the school. Police commend the members of the public who reported the suspicious posts and encourage citizens to continue to do so. Any perceived threat will always been taken seriously and treated as credible. Police say the safety of citizens is its number one priority. - Lethbridge Police Release

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