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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Threat Prompts Police Presence at JDSS in Hanover

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Graffiti on boys washroom contains threat towards school community.

(Facebook photo) 

 

There is a heavy police presence at John Diefenbaker Senior School in Hanover this week.

This comes after staff were alerted to some graffiti written on a wall in the boys washroom containing  a threat to shoot up the school on Thursday.

Principal Andrew Riddick says while they have not been able to confirm that there is any credibility to the threat, the school has taken action by notifying police as a safety precaution.

As a result, Riddick says students may notice a police presence at the school this week as staff work with police officials in taking the appropriate steps to address the situation.

Riddick says “rest assured that we take the safety of our students and staff very seriously, and will not tolerate behaviors that seek to disrupt the positive learning and working environment that we all work so hard to foster at JDSS."

Riddick says he appreciates the patience of students, staff and parents in this matter.

He notes that the situation has caused anxiety among some students and parents and the school is doing everything it can to help lessen that.

As for Thursday, there is no plans to close the school down.

This is an extra stressful time of year for students as they prepare for exams and finish summative.

Riddick says the school is using School Messenger to keep parents and students apprised

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