Upset student causes safety plan to be enacted at Island Elementary School

Child’s behaviour results in students being held in classrooms until order restored

Chemainus Elementary School students remained in their classrooms for more than 45 minutes Friday while the school enacted a Code Red or safety plan to handle a disruptive student.

A parent who asked to remain anonymous said a child was attacking other students and staff members and has a history of violent behaviour.

“There was an incident at the school with a child who was upset and unable to control their emotional state,” confirmed Mike Russell, communications manager for School District 79.

He added principal Brenda Stevenson then enacted a safety plan to ensure the safety of all members of the school.

“During the incident, the principal needed to call the RCMP for guidance and support,” Russell noted. “Upon their arrival, they were able to help de-escalate the situation and ensure the safety of the student, as well as our school community.

“Once the situation was under control, the principal went to each class to debrief the situation. She spoke about how the children were feeling, recognizing that the situation may elicit a variety of emotional responses. She also answered any questions the students had.”

The school brought in extra personnel to help with the debriefing, and provided members of the school community with emotional support. Support remains available to students as needed.

The anonymous parent, in consultation with others, said more drastic measures need to be taken than to continually allow the student back.

“I’m hoping that it will prompt the school district to find a way to not allow this child back into the school so that the school can be safe again.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Organizer, Victoria councillor, VicPD talk about upcoming rally for Black lives

‘It’s a simple ask’: Peace rally for Black lives organizer asks people to listen

PHOTOS: Dozens show up to rebuild vandalized Victoria people-less protest

Chalk messages of support surround the fountain in Centennial Square

George Floyd mural appears on Victoria street

Victoria artist Paul Archer painted the mural outside his shop on Fort Street

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

MISSING: High-risk woman last seen on May 25

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating Jennifer Daughinee-Mendelson

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

POLL: Are you sending your children back to school this month?

Classrooms looked decidedly different when students headed back to school for the… Continue reading

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Most Read