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Fate of La Loche school in hands of community

The Saskatchewwan government says it will consult with the community about what’s to be done


 
LA LOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN - JANUARY 23, 2016: RCMP gather evidence at the scene of the school shooting in La Loche Community School in La Loche, SK that left 4 dead and 7 injured.  A 17-year-old boy faces four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm in relation to a series of shooting in the northern Saskatchewan town of only 2300 people. ( Photos  by Chris Bolin For Macleans Magazine)

RCMP gather evidence at the scene of the school shooting in La Loche Community School in La Loche. (Chris Bolin for Maclean’s)

The northern Saskatchewan school where nine people were shot Friday could be torn down if that’s what the community of La Loche requests.

Donna Johnson, assistant deputy minister with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education, said no decisions have been made yet about the fate of the high school.

The acting mayor of La Loche and others have called for the school to be torn down and rebuilt.

“We understand their need and we’re committed to ensure that the school going forward is part of the community’s healing process,” Johnson said from Regina on Monday.

The government will consult with the community about what’s to be done with the school.

“We’ll work with them together to determine what plan will go forward to ensure there is a school facility that meets the community’s needs.”

A 17-year-old boy is expected to appear in court in Meadow Lake, Sask., this afternoon. The teen, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder.

A teacher and an aide were shot during an eight-minute period at the La Loche high school on Friday. Seven people were injured.

Two brothers were also shot to death at a home in La Loche prior to the school shooting.

The youth is also charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Both schools in the community are shut indefinitely as the elementary school is being used as crisis response centre. The province said victim support staff are on hand in the community, as well as the hospital where the injured were taken.

The ministry of health would not provide an update on the condition of the shooting victims citing patient privacy.


 
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Fate of La Loche school in hands of community

  1. What rubbish the school didn’t kill those people, It was the out of date Reserve System………….

  2. Tearing the school down will not solve anything. Unless the community banded together and built a new one themselves. That may give the community the ownership they need to move forward. Ultimately it is the community that will solve their own problems.

  3. Senseless tragedy but does not justify a money grab to rebuild a perfectly good building. If that was the case anywhere else the US would have had to rebuild multiple properties and Canada should tear down and rebuild the Parliament buildings since there was someone killed inside the halls. The interim mayor and his cronies come off as heartless opportunists by asking for this.

  4. Yeah..and while they’re at it…..I understand the band council is equally shocked and deeply affected as they were on there way to the school for a visit. Now they all want brand new SUV’s, as the one’s they were riding in have too many bad memories.

  5. What bloody nonsense. Plenty of small towns in Saskatchewan would be delighted to have what appears from news photographs to be a pretty nice school. Moreover, tearing down the school a building a new one would cause the students to miss at least a year of school. Does t make sense to punish them for an incident over which they had no control?

    In the early 1950s I worked for a few weeks in Camsell Portage, Saskatchewan. The place had a small school which was built by the local people as a condition set by the CCF government of the day for providing teachers. The agreement worked out well until the lure of the burgeoning town of Uranium City depleted the population to the point that a school could no longer be justified. How the attitudes of indigenous people in northern communities has been changed by three generations of spoon-feeding!

  6. What bloody nonsense. Photos indicate that the school is nice enough that plenty of Saskatchewan small town residents would be happy to have a school of equal quality. Moreover, tearing down and replacing the school would result in the loss of at least one school year. Should the students be punished for an incident over which they had no control?

    In the early 1950s I worked for a few weeks in Camsell Portage, Saskatchewan. The place had a small school built by the local people as a condition of the CCF provincial government for providing a couple of teachers. The arrangement worked well until the lure of the burgeoning town of Uranium City depleted the population of the settlement to the point that the school could no longer be justified. How the attitudes of indigenous people in northern communities have been changed by three generations of spoon feeding!

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