February 21, 2016 9:00 pm
Updated: February 21, 2016 9:47 pm

UPDATE: Threat at Paul Kane High School was written in graffiti

WATCH: There will be a heavy police presence when students return to class Monday morning. Julia Wong reports.


EDMONTON – RCMP say a threat referencing a staff member at a St. Albert High School was written in graffiti. The threatening message was found in Paul Kane High School on Wednesday.

Police were alerted to it on Friday.

The graffiti appeared threatening toward a school staff member and referenced Monday, Feb. 22. RCMP said Sunday.

RCMP also described the message as “obscure” and say they are investigating the exact nature of the threat, who may be responsible and the legitimacy of the threat.

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Police say they have not been able to substantiate the threat but there will be a RCMP presence at the high school on Monday.

“It was someone at the school who brought it to our attention and so we’ve been investigating it since then. In terms of the discovery {of the threat}, and the threat itself we’re not going to release that right now– we’re not going to put that out there,” said RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott.

In a letter to parents Friday, the principal of Paul Kane High School said a threat was made targeting a staff member.

READ: An Important Notice to Paul Kane Parents

Students are being told to use only the front doors of the school to enter and exit the building. Classes will progress as usual.

“It is unfortunate that someone has chosen to communicate something that is threatening to the school. We encourage parents to have a conversation with their child, and if they have any further information that would help us with our investigation, please encourage your child to come forward. We take the security of our students and staff very seriously,” the letter said.

“The safety of the students and the staff there are of utmost importance to us as well as the public,” Scott said. “We take these threats seriously, whether they are real or not.”


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