News release

Minister’s Statement on Violence at Charles P. Allen High School

NOTE: The following is a statement from Becky Druhan, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Any violent incident in a school is concerning for students, staff and families. Situations like the one that took place today at C.P. Allen High School are very troubling. My heart goes out to the school community, those physically injured, as well as those who experienced this unfortunate event at school.

The staff and students at the school should be recognized for their quick actions. They followed their emergency management training (hold and secure), ensuring that no one else was injured or more seriously harmed. Thank you, as well, to the many families who remained patient as our team and local police responded.

An investigation by Halifax Regional Police is underway. The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will work with Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) to ensure the safety protocols in place worked as intended and determine any next steps. We will engage with partners, including the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, Nova Scotia Public School Administrators Association and others.

School was dismissed this morning. Tomorrow, support teams will be in place at C.P. Allen to ensure staff and students are supported with the resources they need. HRCE will email additional information to families.

Right now, our attention is on the individuals directly impacted by the incident today and the broader school community.

To the staff at C.P. Allen, thank you for being there for your students. I want to assure Nova Scotian students and families that we are committed to ensuring the safety of our schools.