Newspaper article The Canadian Press

La Loche High School to Welcome Students Back Friday with Added Security

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

La Loche High School to Welcome Students Back Friday with Added Security

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Students to return to La Loche high school Friday


LA LOCHE, Sask. - As some students and their parents began returning Tuesday to the elementary school in La Loche, Sask., Education Minister Don Morgan paused for a moment to take in the scene.

"You have no idea how good it was to go in this school and hear kids running and laughing," he told reporters. "It was really good to see that."

Nevertheless, when regular classes resume at the elementary school on Wednesday -- and at the high school on Friday -- security will be high, the result of a mass shooting last month that left four people dead and seven others injured.

A gunman first killed two teenage brothers at a home in the community, then walked to the high school and opened fire, killing a teacher and teacher's aide, and wounding the others.

The Northern Lights School Division announced Tuesday that an RCMP school resource officer and three security staff will be at the La Loche Community School when classes resume. Three security staff will be posted to the elementary school.

"Emergency drills will be scheduled annually," the division added.

Notes from a Feb. 17 parent-student meeting posted on the school's Facebook page detail that both schools will be getting an "emergency notification system" with a phone in each classroom.

A professional security consulting group has toured the high school and is developing a safety plan, the notes said.

"Some discussion was had with the parents regarding a community-wide emergency action plan. This will have to be revisited at a later date."

About 395 high school students and 468 elementary students have been out of class since the shooting on Jan. 22.

A 17-year-old suspect charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder is next to appear in court via video on April 12 in La Loche.

Teachers went back to work on Monday and a community walk in support of the high school is to take place on Wednesday. …

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