Enhanced security in schools in Québec

Enhanced security in schools in Québec

Quebec City (Quebec) 13 March 2015 – An attempted kidnapping occurred in a Sainte-Brigitte-de-Laval school in February, and was taken very seriously by the Premières-Seigneuries school board who also asked other schools to strengthen their measures security.

Steps have been taken so that access to all the schools of the school board is restricted by an access code. Before the incident, there were four or five schools that were not yet equipped with such a system, but it will be done soon, says Jean-François Parent, spokesman for the school board.

“Senior management has asked it to be done as soon as possible,” he says.

Recall that on February 19, a man showed up at École Trivent’s daycare to pick a five year old girl. He left the scene when asked to identify themselves.

In this school, the password system is in operation since yesterday morning. “We need everyone equipped, but it’s going well,” said the director, Denise Lefrancois. Surveillance cameras were also installed and movement was restricted within the school.

On the side of the Sûreté du Québec, the investigation continues to find the man who introduced entered Trivent. A sketch was released in late February. “We have received several reports, but I can not tell you more for the moment,” said Ann Mathieu, spokesperson of the Sûreté du Québec.

This incident also led to other schools in the region to restrict the whereabouts within the school. A letter will be sent to parents of primary schools of St. Giles and St. Agatha to inform further action. At the Navigateurs school board, secure opening gateways systems are installed in more than 60% of primary schools. The goal is that all schools be equipped by 2017.

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