One Released, One Remains in Custody in Connection with School Threats
Prince George, B.C.- It was a tense day for parents and educators in Prince George as Police investigated a threat that had appeared on social media last evening.
Prince George RCMP were made aware of the threat last evening, and while not believing it was ‘credible’, exercised caution and had School District 57 put all schools on alert.
The threat involved a social media page which featured a graphic of clowns bearing firearms. The posts on that site suggested schools in Prince George may be targeted.
In a release issued this afternoon, Prince George RCMP stress that the safety of all students was their priority “Rest assured, the safety of all children in the community, including many of our own, was the priority and all necessary steps would have been taken to protect them” reads the release.
Later this morning, RCMP officers went to Prince George Secondary School and arrested two males, aged 16 and 17. The two were suspected of being responsible for the threats made on the social media page.
One of the teens has since been released without charge, while the 16 year old will be in custody overnight and will make an appearance in Provincial Court tomorrow.
The security measures at all schools were lifted at 2:20 this afternoon..
Since this incident this morning, there have been rumours circulating of other arrests at other schools, but Corporal Craig Douglass says that is not the case. While the investigation continues, police are confident there is no threat to the public.
This incident raises the opportunity to remind parents to take an active role in the social media activities of their children. RCMP say “any threats made will be and must be taken seriously.”
Tips for parents:
- Check social media accounts and contact lists to see who your child is chatting with;
- Ensure that your child knows how to block unwanted contacts;
- Teach children how to be responsible with web cams. Keep webcams unplugged when not in use;
- Create an environment where your child feels safe and they can talk about secrets;
- Look for changes in behaviour and ask questions.