Corporal Shawn Morgan with the Olds RCMP detachment provided an update on this week's incident at Ecole Olds High School via a press release just after 8pm on Thursday, February 27th.
Olds, Alberta ~ On Wednesday, February 26th Olds RCMP detachment members were made aware of a threat that had been strewn on the stall in one of the female washrooms at Ecole Olds High School.
Police immediately started an investigation and took measures to address the safety of those in the building.
Efforts to solicit information included providing direct contact with Corporal Shawn Morgan to students, parents and staff.
In addition, officers spoke with as many students as possible as they were leaving the property to distribute Cpl. Morgan's contact information. These efforts proved fruitful. Police attended the school on Thursday upon opening and were there throughout the day speaking with students and continuing the investigation.
Throughout the day efforts by the school were made to encourage those with information to come forward including the offer of a reward for information that would identify the party(s) involved.
Additional details describing the foot wear and pants worn by a person in the washroom in the time frame established was released to the student population by school administration. This information has now been incorrectly described on Social media and suggested a female with gray sweat pants and grey shoes was responsible. This information is incorrect in both its description and suggestion the student wearing the clothing is the party responsible. This person could have legitimately been in the washroom and their presence was only a matter of circumstance.
Police would like to speak to this person as they may have information important to identifying those responsible. Additionally, rumours are being posted advising the suspect is a male. All this underscores the complexity of an investigation that would be seemingly easy in the public's eye.
Police caution the public and the student population from speculating or making assumptions related to these events.
Police will be in attendance at the school on Friday, February 28th as they were on Thursday and encourage those with information to utilize the contact information provided to them to share it.
Alternatively those with information about this, or any other crime, can contact Central Alberta Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, P3Tips.com or using the "P3Tips" app available through Apple or Google Play Store.
Meanwhile, a pancake breakfast that was slated for Friday, February 28th to mark the 10th anniversary of the new Olds High School location has -understandably - been cancelled.