SURREY RCMP announced on Monday that its Youth Unit has arrested two youths in relation to a threat made against Elgin Park Secondary School in mid-November.
On November 14, the school received a threat by telephone which prompted a large deployment of emergency resources including Surrey RCMP, integrated police services, and Surrey Fire Services. The threat prompted the school to be put in ‘hold and secure’ temporarily, while police investigated.
Following an investigation by the Youth Unit, two 15-year-old youths were arrested. In accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the youths will not be identified. One of the youths was released with a promise to appear in court at a later date, charged with public mischief. The second youth is actively participating in extra-judicial measures in lieu of charges.
“We respond seriously to threats, treating them as credible until we can prove otherwise. We also investigate and pursue those responsible for false threats just as vigorously,” said Sgt. David Fouche of the Surrey RCMP Youth Unit. “Not only do these types of threats cause significant and unwarranted concern for families, they also divert emergency services away from where they may be needed elsewhere in the city.”
Anyone who has information about this incident that hasn’t already spoken to police is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or, if you wish to make an anonymous report, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca.