Bear spray forces evacuation at Fort Richmond Collegiate
About 12 students and staff were sprayed with bear repellent at high school Tuesday
A student at Fort Richmond Collegiate sprayed about a dozen staff and students with bear spray Tuesday morning, says Ted Fransen, superintendent of education with the Pembina Trails School Division.
The incident occurred around 11:20 a.m. in the office at Fort Richmond Collegiate and was directed at one single student but several bystanders were also hit, Fransen said.
The school was evacuated at noon but students were asked to return for the last period of the day, said Fransen.
No one was seriously injured in the incident and all those affected by the bear spray were "fine" as of Tuesday afternoon, he said.
Fransen would not disclose how the student will be punished or if they will be expelled.
"This student violated a policy and appropriate measures will be taken with the student," said Fransen.
The school contacted police and they will be "dealing with the matter," he added.
Fransen stressed Fort Richmond Collegiate (FRC), a school of 1200 students, is a safe place for students.
"This is definitely a one-off thing," he said.
"Our students are safe at Fort Richmond Collegiate this is a highly unusual situation and we will continue to monitor student behaviour and promote respectful and caring behaviour which we are used to at FRC."
With files from Jillian Taylor