RCMP says Facebook gun threat investigated

“There is no concern for public safety”

In addition to school-related threats of last week and the weekend, Kitimat RCMP said they had located the person responsible for a Facebook post on Monday involving weapons.

Detachment media relations officer Cst. Kurtis Fink said police received information on Monday, May 13, at 10.30 a.m. from staff at Mount Elizabeth Secondary School, of a Facebook post depicting a gun, knife and a caption suggesting the person would be coming to Kitimat with the weapons.

The messages superimposed on the images of a knife and a gun read: “Coming back to Kitimat with these” and “Big city girl is back IG.”

However, Fink confirmed that “there is no concern for public safety” and that the community can rest assured that public safety is their number one priority and that threats of this nature are taken seriously.

“We have a duty to thoroughly investigate these threats and the police will take steps to protect the public if and when there are credible safety concerns,” said Fink.

Coast Mountains School District superintendent Katherine McIntosh said in a statement on CMSD’s website that while the message didn’t relate to the school, it was nevertheless immediately reported to the RCMP.

“As the RCMP were already on site at MEMSS, they immediately began an investigation,” said McIntosh.

Fink appealed to the public to immediately report suspicious or alarming posts made on social media to police.

No further information is available at this time as the matter is still under investigation.

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