A letter was recently mailed out to parents of the Christ The Redeemer Catholic Schools, following Friday's security threat and school closure.

The letter from Scott Morrison, Superintendent of CTR gives more official detail on what actually happened.

On Friday May 12th, HTA Principal Carmen Ostafichuck was made aware of a threat of violence against the school on Social Media.

Morrison says Ostafichuck immediately contacted the RCMP and the CTR school division, who together determined it was the best course of action to cancel class and lock down the school, just in case.

The Okotoks RCMP used this letter as a means to update their investigation.

   "Parents of Holy Trinity, first, please accept our thanks for your patience and cooperation as this event unfolded. We have concluded the investigation into this threat and are certain that there is no danger to students or staff. We have had the cooperation of the involved students and parents and have interviewed all involved parties, which has led to the decision not to lay charges in this matter. We believe that what occurred were poor decisions and actions on social media and as such, the school and the parents’ discipline is more appropriate than criminal charges. This situation is a reminder about the ramifications of people's use of social media. We encourage continued dialog with your kids about responsible use of social media"

This online security threat came after a recent presentation by RCMP Public Education Officer, Cst. Rita Gillis.

On May 4th Cst. Gillis attended Holy Trinity Academy to warn parents about the dangers of social media, and how to talk to your children about being accountable for what they say or do online.

Gillis says it's important to have a conversation with your child about online behaviour and also to monitor their content.

"I think we need to know how much time are our children spending on these devices and what platforms are they using, while on these devices? I don't think as parents we can simply say 'I don't know how to use that platform', we have to educate ourselves about 'what is that platform? What are the dangers my child could possibly encounter?'."

CTR Superintendent Scott Morrison says, that class resumes as usual on Monday.

They will have a team of School and Family Liaison Workers on hand, for anyone who may need extra support.

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