At a time where major media attention has been primarily focused on the impending train wreck to our South, Canada suffers a tragedy. Yesterday, at 2:05 P.M., Abbotsford Police received a call about a “man with a weapon“ (assault in progress) within Abbotsford Senior Secondary School in British Columbia. What happened next is nothing short of a nightmare.
ONE FEMALE STUDENT DEAD, ONE INJURED (BUT STABLE) IN HOSPITAL
The “man with a weapon“ proceeded to stab and mortally wound one female student, and injure another. Abbotsford Police, B.C. Ambulance Service and Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service descended upon the school and was able to apprehend the perpetrator “almost immediately,” based on various statements. Expedited medical attention was sought for the two victims. It was after receiving this medical attention, one victim “succumbed to her injuries,” as reported by Abbotsford Police Chief Constable Bob Rich. The other victim remains in stable condition.
ACCUSED BELIEVED TO NOT ATTEND ABBOTSFORD SENIOR SECONDARY
Chief Cst. Bob Rich also identified that it “appeared“ that the perpetrator did not attend Abbotsford. Parents told Global News it is also possible that one of the two injured students was stabbed near the back of the school property nearing a ravine. School administrators contacted the families of both injured students, who then accompanied them for continued treatment at a local hospital. According to reports, by the time the Abbotsford Police Department arrived, staff had subdued the accused and were providing first aid to the victims. It has been noted that had the school administration not engaged as swiftly as they had, further losses could have been expected.
Students locked within their classrooms in hiding report being able to hear the screams of one of the female victims and others around her yelling for an ambulance.
It is unknown whether the accused and the victims knew each other. Names of the victims and the accused have not yet been released, and no connections have been identified.
However, according to traditional murder methodological profiling, stabbing is often used as a method to demonstrate power and control over a victim. It has long been linked to impotence, as the act of stabbing replicates penetrative sexual dominance. While entirely speculative whether this was a factor in this particular case (or if it was selected due to accessibility), it certainly raises some important questions as more information becomes available.
ADP at this time is refraining from making any comments on motive or connection, only relaying that the accused “may possibly have no connection to either victims.”
ABBOTSFORD SECONDARY REMAINS CLOSED TODAY, COUNSELLING SERVICES TO FOLLOW
— Ben Lypka (@BenLypka) November 1, 2016
Police forces locked down both Abbotsford Secondary School and Abbotsford Middle School as a precautionary measure and conducted sweeps in both schools before lifting the lockdown for Abbotsford Middle at 4:00 P.M., and Abbotsford Secondary at 4:30 PM. A staging area was set up during these sweeps for parents at the nearby Abbotsford Art Centre.
As of Wednesday, Abbotsford Secondary School remains closed, but counselling services are available for today and days to follow.
YES, THERE IS A VIDEO….
A cell phone video captured by one of the students at the scene, depicts the events that ensued. It is graphic and disturbing. While perhaps helpful to police, the exploitation of said video by various news outlets including Global News and CTV News, is being largely called out as exploitive and heartless.
Abbotsford Police Chief is aware of the circulating video, now viral, and has pleaded with news outlets and community members to please not share or seek out the video, out of respect for the victim’s friends and families. The Integrated Homicide Investigative Team (IHIT), of the B.C. RCMP is taking over the case, and deployed to the scene approximately 4 hours after the suspect was apprehended.
— Jon Meyer (@jonmeyer_980) November 2, 2016
It is due to respect and journalistic integrity that we have not included the video.
Feature Image is a screengrab via Twitter.