Gateway Gazette

Foothills Composite High School Incident

Our school is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents and our community partners in our effort to provide the very best education for students.  Key to that partnership is open communication. 

At approximately 1pm on January 10, 2020, Foothills School Division was informed by the RCMP of a potential threat at École Secondaire Foothills Composite High School stemming from a video depicting a weapon in the school parking lot.

Upon learning of the threat and working with police, school administrators placed the school into a lockdown with the Okotoks RCMP detachment on site.  In accordance with our protocol, we cooperated fully with the RCMP while they actively responded and investigated.

Within a short period of time the RCMP identified and interviewed students involved and determined that there was no intent to carry out an act of violence.  It was determined that the school community was not in any danger and the lockdown was lifted at approximately 2:30 pm.

We understand and respect that events like this can cause concern and many questions.  We want to assure you that our students remain safe and supported. We appreciate the level of trust that is required in sending your children into our care and we want you to know that as educators and parents ourselves, we take that responsibility very seriously.

We want to thank those students who have provided RCMP officers with the information necessary to investigate and bring closure to the incident.  Only by working as a school community in partnership with students, parents and law enforcement can we create and maintain the level of safety that we want for our children.  Please know that we will be meeting with the student body and staff to openly address the recent events.  

As parents, you can help.  Please take this opportunity to speak to your child about the importance of school safety.  While peer pressure is great at this age, we want to encourage students to feel comfortable reporting any information they may have that may compromise their safety and the safety of others.  Working together we can maintain an environment where students are free to focus on learning.

École Secondaire Foothills Composite High School Team

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