Youth taken into custody after knife incident at school

Police responded to an incident involving a student being cut by a knife just after noon on Wednesday, Jan. 7.

  • Jan. 7, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Police responded to an incident involving a student being cut by a knife just after noon on Wednesday, Jan. 7. The investigation by Cranbrook RCMP found that two students had become involved in a physical altercation in a hallway at Mount Baker Secondary School.

Staff Sgt Dave Dubnyk said that during the altercation, one student removed a knife from his pocket and swung it striking the other student in the face.

“The victim was taken to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries,” Dubnyk said. “The alleged suspect was located near the school and taken into custody without incident.”

The youth is currently in custody and police will be recommending charges of Assault with a Weapon.

Dubnyk noted both individuals are students at the school and police are working with school administration on the matter.

Viveka Johnson, principal at Mount Baker, posted a note regarding the incident on the school’s website.

“You are probably aware by now that we have had an unfortunate incident today at school,” Johnson wrote. “The safety of our students will always be our first priority. Please be assured that the persons involved are in care of custody, and as such we do not anticipate any further actions.

“On the advice of the RCMP; however, we did see the need to restrict student and staff movement between classes this afternoon. We understand the consternation and anxiety this could have caused. As we expected, the students of Mount Baker responded to this restriction of movement with positive behaviour and calm demeanor.”