Surrey continues to review school security

Surrey continues to review school security

A tragedy in Abbotsford heightens awareness of the safety around Surrey schools

Surrey schools is watching closely as facts are released about a tragic killing at a school in Abbotsford.

A man who had been staying at a homeless shelter in Abbotsford entered Abbotsford Senior Secondary School on Tuesday (Nov. 1) and stabbed two girls, 13 and 14.

The 13-year-old died of her injuries, while the 14-year-old was treated in hospital.

Charged in the attack is Gabriel Brandon Klein, originally from Alberta.

The attack was random.

The Surrey School District is watching closely as facts of the tragedy are being revealed to see if any changes in security is need to be made at Surrey schools.

School District spokesperson Doug Strachan said Friday no one wants to see schools turned into fortresses.

“They need to be welcoming, friendly places,” Strachan said. “They are at the heart of communities.”

Strachan said the district conducts reviews continuously,  but heightens them when any tragedy occurs, like the one that  happened in Abbotsford.