Anglophone West District releases data on violent threats in schools

The Anglophone West School District has released data on violent threats in its schools. 

The Daily Gleaner reports the information has been released following weeks of refusal due to privacy concerns. 

Anglophone West acting superintendent Catherine Blaney tells The Daily Gleaner in a letter that some of the reasons included concerns that media reports on the topic might increase risks for people on a "pathway to serious violence" and "sensationalize and exacerbate" the level of risk. 

The newspaper also reports the province is set to reach out to New Brunswick's seven school districts to ensure they are aware of the support available when interpreting privacy laws. 

The Daily Gleaner reports the data shows the district has conducted 38 threat assessments this school year compared to 43 in 2016-2017 and 58 in 2015-2016. 

The data says only one threat, made in the 2016-2017 school year, was considered a "high level of concern." 

There were also nine incidents over the three year period where students brought weapons to school, including eight knives and a metal bar. 

~ With files from The Daily Gleaner.