Earlier this month, RCMP units in BC were made aware of two school shooting threats that were posted on Facebook. Following the threat, the RCMP visited the two schools to conduct an investigation and discuss safety measures. Since then, a suspect has been identified. Two schools in Terrance and Kitimat received threats, including Skeena Middle School and Mount Elizabeth Secondary School.
On Sunday, May 12th, 2019, Mount Elizabeth Secondary School in Kitimat was targeted in a concerning message that was posted by a former student on Facebook. The post was published on a Terrace-based buy and sell Facebook group. The message seemed to have been threatening both the Terrace and Kitimat schools.
The message prompted the Kitimat secondary school to publicly post a letter to their website warning parents of the manner at hand. In the message, it says that the threat was posted at around 3:00 PM that Sunday.
It also stated in the message that RCMP from both Kitimat and Terrace RCMP, along with Safer Schools Together, launched an investigation and determined it to be a “low-risk event.”
As a result of the threat, RCMP arrived at both the Terrace and Kitimat schools on Monday, May 13th, 2019. “The safety and well-being of all our students and staff is paramount and events of this nature are taken very seriously,” wrote the public bulletin.
A suspect in connection to the threats has since been identified by Kitimat RCMP. While police have not specific released details surrounding the threat, the Terrace Standard has released more information.
According to the Terrace Standard, RCMP received information on Monday from Mount Elizabeth Secondary School that a Facebook post depicting a gun and a knife were posted, along with a caption suggesting that the person would be coming to Kitimat with weapons.
While it was concerning in nature, Kurtis Fink with the Kitimat RCMP stated that “there was no concern for public safety.”
“As adults we need to talk to our children about what they are saying and posting online. Every time someone reposts or alters and posts something related to the remarks, it distracts police from being able to investigate the initial complaint which created this situation.”