WINNIPEG – There’s been an arrest after threats were made against West Kildonan Collegiate.
In a letter to parents, the school says posts were made on Facebook Monday night by someone who planned to bring a weapon to the school today.
Seven Oaks School Division superintendent Brian O’Leary tells Global News, the information was immediately shared with Winnipeg Police.
“It was a former student [who’s] no longer a student at the school,” says O’Leary. “Police were notified. Police apprehended the individual and that individual is now in custody. We notified parents that it’s absolutely safe to come to school.”
O’Leary says it is business as usual on Tuesday for students and staff at West Kildonan Collegiate.
Winnipeg Police will be at the school to ensure student safety.
Below is the full statement by Howard Kowalchuk, principal of West Kildonan Collegiate
To Parents and Guardians of West Kildonan Collegiate:
We want to take this opportunity to share the following information with our school community. During the evening of January 23rd, posts on social media were made referencing a threatened school shooting at West Kildonan Collegiate. The information was shared with Winnipeg Police and a suspect (not a student of West Kildonan Collegiate) was arrested and is in custody for making those threats. The Winnipeg Police including our Community Resource Officer will be on site today to ensure safety. Staff and students will be informed of this information this morning at school.
We take any threat of violence in our school and community seriously and will continue to inform our parents, students and staff of relevant information.
Thank you for your support.
(image from Seven Oaks School Division)