April 6th, 2018
Dear families of Grand River Collegiate Institute (GRCI),
I want to address a serious situation involving our school. As you may have heard in the media, some area schools, including GRCI, have reported threatening messages found on school property over the past couple weeks.
Today, our staff were made aware of graffiti found on school property that was threatening and made reference to an act of violence. The message indicated a bomb threat at the school during period D (last period of the day). This threat was immediately reported to the Waterloo Regional Police Service who determined in conjunction with Waterloo Region District School Board that the threat was not credible. Police are currently investigating to determine the author of the message.
The safety and well-being of our GRCI students and staff is a top priority. As always in situations like these, we are working closely with our police partners.
We want to echo the statements from our board that it is unacceptable to make threats, written or verbal, towards anyone. No matter the intention, threats of violence raise unnecessary fear in our school and community. Our students have the right to learn in a safe environment without fear. We will take any threat of violence seriously and the authors need to understand that they will be held accountable.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 519-570-9777 ext. 4421 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff and we are working closely with our partners at Waterloo Regional Police Service. Please feel free to call the GRCI Administration at 519-576-5100 with any questions or concerns.
Jim Woolley, Principal