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News: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Remarks from the Abbotsford School District

The Abbotsford School District held a media conference this morning at 10:30am, to discuss the tragic incident that took place at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School yesterday and next steps. Below are the statements from our Board of Education and Superintendent.
 

Cindy Schafer, Vice-Chair, Abbotsford Board of Education

We are deeply saddened by the incident at Abbotsford Senior Secondary school yesterday. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of both students.

We thank the Abbotsford Police Department and other emergency responders for their swift response to this situation.

I also want to thank our admin, staff and students at Abby Senior for intervening / subduing the suspect and tending to the victims. Heroic efforts were made. And as Chief Rich noted last night, additional lives were likely saved.
 

Kevin Godden, Superintendent, Abbotsford School District


At 2:05 pm yesterday, the Abbotsford Police Department received a call of an assault in progress at Abbotsford Senior Secondary. Abbotsford Police Department, BC Ambulance Service and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service were dispatched to the school.

Upon arrival, two female students were located with apparent stab wounds. Both were expedited to medical facilities for treatment along with their family members who had been contacted by school administrative staff.

A male suspect was located and immediately taken into police custody.

Yesterday evening, we received an update from APD on the victims’ injuries. One student succumbed to her injuries. The second student remains in hospital, in stable condition.

While we practice lockdown drills throughout the year, you can never truly prepare for situations like this. The quick reaction by school staff show that our Emergency Action and Critical Incident protocols are effective. Debriefs and protocol reviews are underway at the District as we speak. We continue to liaise with APD as they lead this active investigation.

Evidence suggests that this attacker was in no way related to the District or any student at the school. We believe this was a random act of violence.

The Abbotsford Police Department has closed Abbotsford Senior Secondary today, to maintain the integrity of their active investigation.

A site has been set up in the gym at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church (33333 Mayfair Ave., Abbotsford, BC) across the street for people to access support and information. Our critical incident response team, including counsellors, will work with students and staff over the coming days and weeks.

Out of an abundance of precaution and to ensure the safety of our students exterior doors at all secondary schools will be locked for external access during the school day, with a single point of entry.

Parents can anticipate additional messaging from the District later today to include information on support and resources. Updates will be provided on our District website as they change – www.sd34.bc.ca.

Out of respect for the families, I ask that you to immediately cease circulation of the viral video that was filmed during the incident yesterday. This video is a trigger to trauma, not only for our students and community, but any person that has been involved in a traumatic incident.  

We acknowledge how traumatic this was for all concerned. Again, we extend our sincere condolences to the families of both students. Our thoughts are with students and staff at Abby Senior – and also our community as a whole. When one of us hurts, we all do.

As a District, we will move forward and focus on the health and healing of our students, staff and community. 

 

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Kayla Stuckart
Manager, Communications
t: 604.859.4891 ext 1206 

kayla_stuckart@sd34.bc.ca