Delta police are in the early stages of an investigation involving an altercation outside Burnsview Secondary in North Delta Tuesday afternoon.
According to a news release from DPD, the altercation between youth occurred as classes were being let out.
Police have confirmed that a weapon was apparently used during the incident, but did not say what the weapon was. One youth was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, say police.
“Police are just beginning their investigation,” said DPD spokesperson Cris Leykauf. “However we’d like to let the community know that a suspect is now in custody.”
Leykauf said it appears only one youth received injuries that needed medical attention. It is anticipated police will be at the school for the remainder of the afternoon, conducting the investigation.
“If anyone witnessed this incident, and has not yet spoken to police, or has video footage or photos of the incident, we ask that they contact our non-emergency line at 604-946-4411,” added Leykauf.
She said at this point it is too early in the investigation for police to speak to any of the possible causes of the altercation.
The Delta School District released the following statement to the Optimist just before 4:30 p.m.:
“Delta School District is shocked and saddened by the situation that occurred at Burnsview Secondary today. This was an incident that we are taking extremely seriously. School and District staff are working with the Delta Police as they investigate the matter.
“Our thoughts are with the injured student and we hope they recover quickly. The safety of our students is our greatest priority. The School District does not tolerate any form of harassment or violence. The District will be investigating today’s incident fully and taking steps to discipline those involved as we learn more from the police investigation.
“We are aware that some students and parents may have heard or witnessed today’s incident. We have District counselling support staff available and encourage anyone in our school community affected by this incident to contact the school for support.”