Cop says measure needed to prevent school stabbings

At least one city cop thinks city schools should look into security measures after a violent fight at a northeast high school.



On Monday, three students were stabbed when an altercation broke out between two groups of teens near Bishop McNally High School.



District 5 Staff Sgt. Steve Lorne said he believes knife incidents in the area have been on the rise in the past two years and thinks schools should take precautionary measures.

"I would personally advocate that schools maybe look into screening for weapons somehow, but how, I would leave that up to them. But it’s probably a good idea to look into it," Lorne said.

Calgary Catholic School Board spokesperson Tania Younker said the system has a zero-tolerance policy against weapons. If a student is caught carrying one it would result in expulsion, she said.

"There is no plan to change our policy. We would hope this is an isolated incident so the policy is not up for debate right now," Younker said.

But Calgary police school resource officer Sgt. Jeff Harder said he hasn’t seen an increase in the number of weapons used in school fights.

Meanwhile, police haven’t interviewed the two victims in Monday’s incident yet as they are still recovering hospital and in stable condition.

Charges haven’t been laid in the incident and police don’t have a motive for the attack.

violent incidents involving weapons

  • A police spokesperson confirmed a steady increase in violent incidents with weapons over the past five years.

  • In 2002 there were 1311 violent incidents involving weapons, 2003 saw 1610, 2004 saw 1698, 2005 saw 1679, and 2006 saw 1769.