Volume 94, Issue 47

Wednesday, November 22, 2000


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Calgary high school stabbing shocking

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Calgary high school stabbing shocking

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

A Calgary high school remains subdued as students try to return to class and forget about a fatal stabbing that occurred inside its halls this week.

Calgary Police Insp., Keith Pollock, said 17-year old Samer Jaber died an hour after suffering multiple stab wounds inside Lester B. Pearson High School. He said a suspect was located shortly after 10 a.m. Monday and charged with second degree murder later that night.

"We received a call at about 8:30 a.m. and when we arrived on the scene, the victim was in extremely critical condition. The scene was then contained and numerous witnesses were gathered for information," Pollock said.

"The accused is a young offender, so there won't be a name forthcoming. All I can say is that he was also a 17-year-old student at the high school."

Dave Pommer, a corporate communications manager for the Calgary Board of Education, said there are crisis counsellors available for students, but for the most part, things remain quiet and classes are proceeding as normal.

"We're coping as best as can be expected. Tribute books for students to sign have been circulating and the staff members have been great," Pommer said, of the 70 staff members who phoned the homes of students to explain exactly what was going on.

Pommer said that he felt the stabbing was an isolated incident between two male students and did not foresee any change in terms of security measures. "The unfortunate part was that they were friends fighting over $30. It does not relate to anything else."

Stuart Auty, president of the Canadian Safe School Network, said although a tragedy like this is unexpected, society has seen enough of these incidents that they no longer come as a surprise.

"Something like this could happen again tomorrow," he said. "Don't get me wrong, schools are still safe – they're just not as safe as they used to be. Students clearly have weapons they are bringing to school on a regular basis."

Auty added he thought today's youth were soaked in violence from a variety of sources. "Video games, professional wrestling and unsupervised Internet use, are all attributed to this growing problem in kids today."

Pollock said he did not think the incident could have been prevented, even with the proper authorities present. "It's one of those things where two guys had a disagreement and one guy brought a knife."

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