By Kalinowski, Tim on December 14, 2019.
Lethbridge Collegiate Institute parents, staff and students were breathing a sigh of relief Friday when a lock-and-hold incident at the school ended peacefully after the arrest of a lone suspect.
On Friday at approximately 10 a.m. Lethbridge Police School Resource Officers attended Lethbridge Collegiate Institute (LCI) to investigate a threats complaint made toward a group of students at the school. Staff at the school had called police and requested that they attend.
Police determined the threat had been made by a 17-year-old who was not a student at LCI. Staff at LCI made the decision to lock the outer perimeter doors of the school while police investigated and classes continued to operate normally during this time.
The suspect was quickly arrested at his place of work in the north end of the city, and Lethbridge police confirm there was no immediate threat to either the students or the school.
Lethbridge Public School Division associate superintendent Morag Asquith said the division takes all potential threats to student and staff safety seriously, and felt the lock and hold was appropriate in this instance. The lock and hold lasted for about an hour until being given the all clear by the Lethbridge Police Service.
“Anytime in our school division when we receive concerns from the Lethbridge police we have to respond accordingly,” she said. “They reported a threat they had received, and we had to respond.”