The RCMP, over the past two days, have responded to four incidents of threats in schools across Manitoba, with three resulting in criminal charges.
On Wednesday (Sept. 18/19) Opaskwayak Cree Nation RCMP responded to a threat written on a bathroom wall at Joe A. Ross School. RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information to call police at 204-627-6244.
That same day, Steinbach RCMP received multiple reports that a student had brought a pellet gun to school and had threatened another student at Steinbach Regional Secondary School. A 15-year-old boy from Steinbach, was arrested later that day, and is facing charges of Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Carrying a Concealed Weapon x 2, Uttering Threats and Assault.
On Thursday (Sept. 19/19), Russell RCMP responded to a threat at Major Pratt School in Russell. A threat was posted to social media, which led to the arrest of a 13-year-old female student. She is facing a charge of Uttering Threats.
Also on Thursday (Sept. 19/19), Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a report that a student had brought a gun to Portage Collegiate Institute. Shortly after, a 16-year-old female turned herself in, along with a pellet gun. She is facing charges of Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose.
"This is an important reminder that these types of incidents are taken very seriously by the RCMP. Uttering threats or bringing weapons of any sort to school can lead to criminal charges and can impact a student for the rest of their life" said Cpl. Julie Courchaine with the Manitoba RCMP. "We continue to ask that anybody that sees or hears a threat to report it immediately to a trusted adult, teacher, or police officer."