This notice and media release was sent home with students today.
As you know, our school was in “hold and
secure” all day yesterday due to an incident in Orin Reid Park Monday
evening. This happened offsite and not
during regular school hours.
The choice to go into hold and secure on
Tuesday was to ensure the safety of our students and staff while the police
began their investigation to identify the man who threatened our students
during the altercation in the park. Since then they have issued a “public
assistance requested” media release (on the back of this letter). You can also see this and a photo of the man
on their website at www.guelphpolice.ca.
This is an active and ongoing police
investigation and we are collaborating with them. The police presence around our school and the
area will continue today. The school
staff are also being very conscious of
the students’ safety and are talking to any children who are anxious or
Today was a regular school day and the
children were allowed outside at recess and to come back and forth from the
portables. Please remind children that if anything seems amiss or strange that
they should immediately tell a trusted adult at home or school. That’s what our students did on Monday
evening and it was the right and best thing to do.
If you decide not to send your children to
school, please leave a message on our attendance line, and send a note to the
teachers if you decide to change your end of school day routine.
Your children’s safety is our first
priority. This is the same for the
police officers who have been helpful yesterday and today. They will continue to advise us about their
progress and work to keep everyone safe.
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REQUESTED
Do you know this man?
Guelph Police are investigating an incident that
occurred on September 8, 2014 at approximately 6:00 p.m. at Orin Reid Park in
the south end of the city. A male was approaching youths in the park and became
engaged in a verbal dispute with the youths.
The man is described to be approximately in his mid
20’s , 5’10”, with tanned complexion, a slim build, short hair, scruffy facial
hair, wearing a neon green hoodie with “Tour de France” on the back, red
shorts, sunglasses and sandals.
Police are attempting to identify the male. Police are
requesting information from anybody who may have witnessed the incident or
information in relation to this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Layne or
Cst, Jim Gordon at the Guelph Police Service 519-824-1212 ext. 7222 or 7599 or
if you wish to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted on-line at www.crimestoppersguelphwellington.com.