Manitoba RCMP were kept busy this week responding to four separate threats at schools throughout the province.
The Mounties are now urging parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of uttering threats and bringing weapons to school.
On Wednesday, Opaskwayak Cree Nation RCMP responded to a threat on a bathroom wall at Joe A. Ross School. That same day, a 15-year-old Steinbach boy was charged after bringing a pellet gun to school and threatening another student.
On Thursday, Russell RCMP investigated a social media threat relating to Major Pratt School. A 13-year-old girl is facing a charge of uttering threats. Later that day, Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a report that a student had brought a gun to Portage Collegiate Institute. A 16-year-old girl turned herself in along with a pellet gun. She is facing weapons-related charges.
“This is an important reminder that these types of incidents are taken very seriously by the RCMP,” said Cpl. Julie Courchaine with the Manitoba RCMP.
“Uttering threats or bringing weapons of any sort to school can lead to criminal charges and can impact a student for the rest of their life. We continue to ask that anybody that sees or hears a threat to report it immediately to a trusted adult, teacher, or police officer.”