Yellowknife RCMP lay three charges in potential threat

Good afternoon parents,

On the morning of March 21, the e-mail message below was sent to our RLN parent e-mail list. I am now hearing that not all parents received this message and are understandably concerned that they were not notified of this incident. I am unsure why the message did not get through to everyone so I am resending it to.  

I continue to be in regular contact with the RCMP and have also spoken with the Crown Prosecutor's Office. We are finalizing our safety plan and once this is done, the details will be shared with all parents. This will occur prior to students returning to school on April 3. 

I would like to emphasize that I am taking this situation very seriously and will do whatever is necessary to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. Please contact me if you have further questions or concerns.

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ORIGINAL MESSAGE: 

Dear Parents and Families of RLN,

This afternoon, the RCMP will be issuing a press release regarding an incident that occurred at our school on March 15. I would like to provide you with the details of this incident before the media publishes the information.

The police have arrested and charged one of our students with 3 counts of "Uttering Threats". This information was disclosed to a staff member who alerted me immediately and I followed up with a report to the RCMP. The police conducted an investigation which resulted in the charges being laid. At no time were our students or staff under any immediate threat.

My first priority is the safety and wellbeing of everyone at RLN and I take any threats very seriously. Since the incident was reported, the following has occurred:

 - I have been in regular contact (in person and by phone) with the RCMP and have been kept updated of their investigation

 - I am working with YK 1 staff to create a safety plan that will be implemented prior to the students' return from Spring Break

 - The student who was charged will not be allowed to return to school until we are satisfied that it is safe to do so. We are also working with other community agencies to ensure that this student receives appropriate intervention and support

The student cannot be identified according to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He will appear in youth court at a later date.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to contact me at yasemin.heyck@yk1.nt.ca

Many thanks for your continued support,

Yasemin Heyck

Principal, Range Lake North School