Red Deer Public School District

Threats taken seriously by schools and RCMP

With three students taken into custody following a threat to Hunting Hills High School on Friday, let there be no doubt the Red Deer Public Schools and the RCMP take such threats seriously and will pursue criminal charges to the full extent of the law. Students involved in serious incidents like this also face expulsion from school.

Red Deer City RCMP were called to the school on Friday following a threat toward Hunting Hills involving weapons that was posted on social media. The school was placed in lockdown as a precautionary safety measure. Following a search of the school, it was deemed there was no immediate risk to students, staff or the public.

Such threats are taken seriously and we work closely with the RCMP in responding to and managing these kinds of incidents. Public safety is the top priority for Red Deer RCMP, and threats such as this one are investigated thoroughly.

"Student safety is our top priority. These incidents are taken very seriously,” commented Darwin Roscoe, Principal of Hunting Hills High School. "We work hard to provide a safe and caring environment for students. It is important to understand that placing a school into lockdown makes the school a safer place for its students. It removes students from high areas of danger and allows school administration and RCMP to work together to resolve an issue. We have committed to always err on the side of caution.”

"There is no doubt that these cause great concern and really do impact students and staff. Our staff and the RCMP did a great job on Friday responding to this situation," commented Superintendent Stu Henry. "Tremendous resources by the RCMP are also put into place diverting them from real needs. On top of that, the learning of 1,600 students is interrupted for a good part of the day.”

Anyone with information that may assist the police in the investigation are asked to call Red Deer RCMP at 403.343.5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at


For more information please contact:

  • Bruce Buruma, Director of Community Relations

  • Red Deer Public Schools

  • Phone: 403-352-2827


For media availability please contact:

  • Stu Henry, Superintendent

  • Red Deer Public Schools

  • Phone: 403-342-3710


  • Darwin Roscoe, Principal Hunting Hills High School

  • Red Deer Public Schools

  • Phone: 403-342-6655 ext. 1120