Concerning letter brings police to Regina school

December 20, 2012 - 2:09pm Updated: December 20, 2012 - 5:12pm
St. Matthew elementary school on Castle Road in Regina. Patrick Book/CJME
St. Matthew elementary school on Castle Road in Regina. Patrick Book/CJME

The investigation into a threat left at a Regina school is continuing even after kids have left for home for the day Thursday afternoon.

Security was heightened at St. Matthew Catholic school after a note was discovered in the morning, according to assistant superintendant Brian Lach.

"An envelope was found outside the school," Lach explained in an interview outside of St. Matthew Thursday afternoon. "When it was taken inside and opened it was found to have a threatening message on it."

Lach declined to characterized the nature of the threat, citing the police investigation. He only revealed that it was a threat against the entire school, as opposed to an individual or a group of people.

Regina police helped put the word out as well, alerting the media and issuing update via Twitter.

After staff brought it to his attention, Lach met with staff and school resource officers, the police members that work in schools. The decision was made to increase security slightly for the remainder of the day while classes continued as normal.

"We have different levels of securing our buildings. This was (an increase in) security for the building. We felt that that was important based on the information that was in the letter.

"Basically for our schools (on a normal day) many of the doors are locked but the front doors remain open. Today it was determined that we would as well lock the front doors of the school. Parents were able to come in and move freely in and out of the school. It was just a way for us to monitor things a little more closely."

Parents were notified of the situation by e-mail. They were given the option to take their children home early if they felt it was necessary. Extra-curricular activities were cancelled for the afternoon.

School will be back in place tomorrow but Lach did not state if security will remain heightened.

Edited by CJME's Karen Brownlee.

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