Salmon Arm Secondary’s Sullivan campus

Social media post sparks charge of uttering threats

Salmon Arm Secondary student faces serious allegation

A Salmon Arm Secondary student who was arrested over threats on social media is now facing charges.

Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel for the BC Prosecution Service, confirms that the young person has been charged with one count of uttering threats.

The charge revolves around tweets on social media alleged to have been made by the young person which included references to shooting students.

“There is no danger to students at this juncture,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP following the arrest of the student on the morning of Thursday, June 14 as he arrived at school. He had no weapons in his possession, police said.

West also noted the youth was being supervised by a youth probation officer.

“As a result of this particular incident there is no concern for safety, and we’re monitoring, as is the bail supervisor, very closely.”

Related: Police say Salmon Arm youth who posted about shooting students no longer a threat

Following the arrest, school officials said the incident was being taken seriously and the school district was following safety protocols.

Peter Jory, superintendent of School District 83, stated that counselling supports were being provided for students, which included in this case bringing in additional counsellors, including therapy dogs.

“All worrisome behaviour and various forms of threat making behaviour is taken seriously and addressed through the established district policies and protocols… Depending upon the level of severity of each situation and the needs of a student, we work with our various partners to respond appropriately to the range of concerns.”

Jory also addressed the role of parents.

“Parents and guardians are key partners in creating safe, caring, and orderly schools. Monitoring their child’s social media use is very important. One of the most encouraging trends we are seeing across North America is a willingness to report worrisome behaviours to school authorities. We share with our students and staff regularly information around social media use, digital citizenship, and what types of worrisome behaviours require our attention, including social media posts.

“A safe learning environment and overall student safety is the top priority for the school district.”

The youth charged has already appeared in court but his appearance was adjourned in order to allow him to consult a lawyer.


@SalmonArm
newsroom@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

BC SPCA investigates Okanagan woman with prior animal abuse convictions

BC SPCA is investigating a property near Vernon

Revelstoke Grizzlies celebrate the end of their regular season with awards

Their last game is on Saturday and the playoffs start next week

MP Stetski calls for more funding for rural internet

Stetski says there is a growing digital divide between rural and urban communities

Revelstoke Search and Rescue calls Feb. 11-17

Revelstoke Search and Rescue reports their activities to Emergency Management BC who… Continue reading

Sell regulated heroin to curb B.C.’s overdose problem: report

B.C. Centre on Substance Use points to organized crime and money-laundering as contributing factors

Why do zebras have stripes? Perhaps to dazzle away flies

Researchers from University of Bristol look into why zebras have stripes

Shuswap athletes help Team BC to podium at Canada Winter Games

Speed-skater wins bronze, ringette player contributes to playoff victory

Poll: More voters believe Canada doing worse under Trudeau government

22 per cent believed the country is doing better and 27 per cent said things are the same

HBC shuttering Home Outfitters across Canada

North America’s oldest retailer is revamping its various stores to improve profitability

Man wanted for sex trafficking, confinement may be heading to B.C.

Kevin Myrthil, 26, is also accused of assault on a 19-year-old woman at an Edmonton hotel

Bursaries available for trades students at Okanagan College

“With this bursary, we want women to know that there is a place for you in this industry and a place for you to excel.”

A mother’s warning: Man follows Peachland teen to her home from Kelowna

The teen’s mother is warning others about the incident

Kelowna RCMP urge hit and run driver to turn themselves in

An alleged hit and run occured late Feb. 18

Most Read