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News: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Update from the Abbotsford School District

November 2, 2016

As a District and a community, we are heart-broken and shocked over the incident that transpired yesterday afternoon at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of both students involved in the incident. We also want to thank our administrators, staff and students at Abby Senior for intervening to subdue the suspect and tend to the victims. Their efforts were truly heroic.

Abbotsford Senior Secondary school will remain closed to students until Monday, November 7th.

Our priority now is to support the healing of our students and staff as we deal with the aftermath of this incident.

Ongoing Support Services

The gym at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church (33333 Mayfair Ave., Abbotsford) will remain open for students, and family members to access support and information. Hours of this drop in service will be from 8:30am to 3:00pm.

Our critical incident response team, including counsellors, will continue to work with Abbotsford Senior students and staff over the coming days and weeks. Parents/guardians who are concerned or seeking a 24-hour confidential support may contact the Kids Help Phone hotline at 1-800-668-6868.

Parent Meeting

We are currently in the process of organizing an evening parent meeting that will take place on Friday November 4th, to provide additional information for parents. We will provide further details about this on November 3rd in the afternoon.

Finally, I would like to assure our staff, students, parents, families and the community that we will continue to review the circumstances surrounding this incident and our response as a school and District. This will include a full consideration of our safety protocols, and the matter of security and access to and from our schools.

This has been an upsetting few days in the district, but I would like to express our gratitude for the outpouring of support from our community for the students, families and the staff at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.

Kevin Godden
Abbotsford School District

Kayla Stuckart
Manager, Communications
t: 604.859.4891 ext 1206

Media Contact:

Kayla Stuckart, Communications Manager
Phone: (604) 859 – 4891 ext. 1206