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Student with knife removed from St. Andrew Junior School

An incident at St. Andrew Junior School has left parents in Antigonish concerned.

Deanna Gillis, co-ordinator of communications with the Strait Regional Centre for Education confirmed that on Jan. 8 an incident occurred, in which a student brought a kitchen knife to the school.

“In one of the classrooms, a student was exhibiting behavior that put the student at risk, and also threatened the safety of other students in the classroom,” Gillis wrote in an email to the Casket. No one was harmed in the incident.

Gillis noted the student who brought the knife was removed from the school and is receiving support.

“School administration acted immediately, once they became aware of the situation. The RCMP and the parents and guardians of all students directly involved were contacted,” Gillis wrote.

School administration is dealing with the incident internally, as a disciplinary issue. This decision is in accordance with the Provincial School Code of Conduct Policy.

“The safety of students and staff is of utmost importance and we will continue to ensure that our students and staff are in a safe and secure learning environment,” Gillis wrote.

The day of the incident, school administration sent a letter to all families of students at St. Andrew Junior School, notifying them of what happened.

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