Police investigate Buckland stabbing that sent minor to hospital

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The Prince Albert RCMP are investigating after a young person, said to be a local high school student, was stabbed at an outdoor party.

Officers first heard about the incident at about 1 a.m. Sunday morning. They responded to the scene, in the RM of Buckland, along with paramedics.

The victim, a female minor, was sent to hospital with apparent stab wounds, police reported. They did not have an update on her condition.

A student witness who attended the party told the Daily Herald that the victim was a high school student. The witness said the party was a “football rookie party,” apparently held to welcome new players to the Carlton Comprehensive High School team.

The Saskatchewan Rivers School Division’s director of education, Robert Bratvold, said the party was not officially sanctioned by the school, but may have been loosely associated with the football team. He said he can’t confirm anything officially, but has heard that the incident may have been a response to a prior altercation with St. Mary’s students.

He was careful to stress that, in his view, the incident is not gang related.

“It’s a fairly isolated group of students who have been in conflict in the past,” he said.

Bratvold said it is unlikely that the division will take any disciplinary action, since the party was not endorsed by the school. But he stressed that teachers are already drawing on the incident to instruct students about the dangers of alcohol and violence.

“Any time this happen in our community our teachers take an interest in making sure the students understand the implications of these violent incidents,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing and RCMP are asking anyone with information, including any cell phone video, to contact Prince Albert RCMP at 306-765-5501, your nearest police service or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.