Student charged in connection with suspicious social media posts

Lethbridge Police have charged an 18-year-old male in connection with an incident where suspicious posts referencing Chinook High School were circulated on social media.

On September 25, 2017 at approximately 11 p.m. police responded to multiple report of concerning photos on Snap Chat. One of the posts consisted of a firearm lying on a package of cigarettes and the second showed a case of bullets. Both posts had “Chinook High School” written across them. Police proceeded to speak to multiple complainants and the school was notified of the incident during the early morning hours. Prior to the start of classes, multiple officers were deployed to the west side high school to ensure the safety of all staff and students. Shortly before 8:30 a.m. an 18-year-old male student was taken into custody at the school without incident and interviewed in relation to the posts.

The investigation determined there was no intent to cause harm to anyone and the student apologized for his extremely poor judgement.

The 18-year-old has been charged under the School Act for disturbing the proceeding of a school. He has been released from custody and will appear in court Nov. 21.