Portage la Prairie RCMP are reporting numerous arrests and charges to a number of students who were making threats as well as being in possessions of weapons.

The Portage Collegiate Institute RCMP School Liaison Officer (SLO) recently became aware that two students at the school were known to have weapons and were making threats to other students.

While on patrol, the SLO spotted the two students in a back alley near the school. The two attempted to flee on foot, but were apprehended by officers. When searched, a 14-year-old male student was found to have two machetes hidden on his person as well as two pocket knives. The second student, a 15-year-old male, had two machetes and a loaded BB gun. Both students are from Portage la Prairie.

Police say that both youths were charged with possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruct a peace officer, and resisting a peace officer. The 15-year-old was also charged with using imitation firearms in commission of an offence. They were both released on conditions, including to not be in the area of the high school.

On the same day, the RCMP SLO was asked to attend the high school for a report of a large group of students who may be involved in fights off campus. As the SLO was attending the school, the officer assisted in preventing a fight from taking place near the school. One of the students involved, a 16-year-old male, was taken home by police and advised not to return to the area.

Officers were later patrolling in the area and saw a large group of youths walking on the street. It was noted that an individual reported to have weapons was running up to the group of youths. Police immediately intercepted and arrested the 14-year-old male from Long Plain First Nation. When searched, the male was found to be in possession of what appeared to be a firearm and a can of bear spray. The firearm was secured and determined to be an airsoft revolver. The youth was then taken into custody and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, and using imitation firearms in commission of an offence.

Police noticed that the 16-year-old male dropped off at home earlier was again with the group of youths. He was arrested and charged for breach of peace.

“We are not going to tolerate youths walking into school or around this community with any type of weapon,” said Inspector Paul Peddle, Officer in Charge of Portage RCMP. “This is high-risk, dangerous behaviour, and we need to come together as a community to address it. If you see any sort of threatening or disturbing behaviour, please report it to police immediately. We will continue to work with community supports and have a presence in the school to create a safe environment for all students.”