Waiting for Columbine on PEI

Despite death threats officials keep schools open but close next day for scheduled professional development day

Four death threats were painted on the brick exterior of Colonel Gray High School Thursday September 30th, 2010 in Charlottetown PEI.

“A kid will die if there is school today” said one. “Which kid will die?” said another. Others targeted the police.

Despite all of the past violence in high schools in Canada and the United States, local school officials thought the threat wasn’t enough to close the schools.

Parents and students could chose for themselves if they wanted to go home or stay. Many students didn’t hear about the threats until mid or late morning.

La-de-da in the PEI Eastern School District. Call in the police. Check the video tapes.

Nothing to worry about. Just a prank. Nobody on PEI has any weapons. No one ever kills someone on PEI. Students here have never heard of Columbine. Or Virginia Polytech. Never mind that there were 8 high school killings this year, 4 last year and 2 the year before around the world.

It can’t happen on PEI. Forget about Taber, Alberta and Dawson College in Montreal. We’ll get a rapid response team after something happens on PEI.

Notice – Colonel Gray High School closed on Friday October 1, 2010 for the normally scheduled PD day. Please advise students not to show up for classes.

By Stephen Pate, NJN Network

1 Comment

  1. OH won’t someone please think of the children!!

    This article was written with none of the objectivity one would hope to see in a professional news publication. Shutting down schools is not the solution to this problem. Talking with students would be a good start.

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