On Friday December 11, 2015 at around 11:30, the Cranbrook RCMP received a call from staff at Mt Baker Secondary School in regards to the discovery of conversations and text communications between students that were threatening in nature.
It is alleged that an 18 year old male student uttered threats against another individual and the school population regarding a bomb and the use of firearms. Upon receiving the complaint the Cranbrook RCMP immediately attended the school, where police resources worked in conjunction with the school administration and staff in activating security protocols.
The 18 year old male was arrested upon police attendance for uttering threats and transported to Cranbrook detachment. Several detailed searches revealed no evidence of actual bomb material or firearms on the premises. Additional searches were conducted at the accused residence in order to secure possible physical evidence.
The investigation indicates to date that the incident stemmed from a situation that had unfolded between the accused and another student. The accused remained in custody this past weekend and has been charged with one count of uttering threats. He appeared before the courts on Monday at which time he was released with strict conditions.
“The alleged threats made, were taken seriously by both school administrators and the Cranbrook RCMP whose quick action, ensured the safety of the students, staff and affected parties. ” stated S/Sgt Hector Lee, Detachment Commander of the Cranbrook RCMP.
“We need to stress to youths and adults alike that regardless if threats are uttered verbally or typed out comments that are threatening in nature will be investigated as criminal offences.”
If anyone has any information regarding this matter or regarding other offences, please call the Cranbrook RCMP at 250-489-3471 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be relayed via web or text based tips with details on canadiancrimestoppers.org