Prompt police investigation into a potential threat at a Regina high school led to criminal charges against a 15 year-old Regina male today, Tuesday, September 29, 2015.
At approximately 12:41 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, a School Resource Officer received information of a possible threat to school and community safety at a high school in the Coronation Park area. Acting upon the information received and with the co-operation of school administration, the Resource Officer identified and located a 15 year-old male student who was in possession of a welder’s hammer and wearing an air-filter mask and goggles, which covered his face. The student was taken into custody without incident. The mask, goggles and hammer were determined to be stolen. Further investigation into this event led to the grounds to support additional weapons and threatening charges against the student.
The youth cannot be named in accordance with provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act. He has been charged with two charges of Uttering Threats, section 364.1(1) CC; Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, section 88 CC; Theft Under $5,000, section 334(b) CC; and Possession of Stolen Property Under $5,000, Section 355(b) CC. The accused will make his first court appearance on these charges at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, September 30, 2015) in Youth Court.
Although this incident was resolved swiftly and without injury to anyone, it serves as a reminder to all Regina residents that any threat to public safety is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. Anyone who hears conversation or observes action that could be interpreted as a threat to the safety of others is encouraged to contact police. It is only through investigation that police can determine risk to public/school safety and take appropriate action. Where there is evidence sufficient to support a charge, police will lay criminal charges against the individual(s) involved. As always, police strongly discourage students or members of the general public from making comments that could be interpreted as threats.