REPORTING · 14th April 2010
The BC Book Prize Authors' Gala at the Kitimat Public Library was in full swing on Monday April 12th when an incident outside sent the Kitimat Rumour Mill into high gear with stories of drama, intrigue and murder. However, the truth of the matter is: Kitimat, as a small town, is prone to rumours.
Sergeant Steve Sumner explained it was a case of public drunkenness, and did not understand how the incident had escalated.
The Gala was interrupted by yelling from outside. According to Virginia Charron, Head Librarian, she and another librarian began closing the windows so the yelling did not disturb their patrons.
However, when she reached the window, she found two individuals, one without a shirt, fighting outside. As the fight was getting close to the library doors, the librarians got everyone inside and locked the doors until the police arrived. According to Charron, one of the individuals turned to run and passed out.
According to Sumner, the RCMP recognized the individual as a “spitter.” To help contain the saliva, the RCMP employed a spit shield. To the average person, this would look like they put a plastic bag over his head. The RCMP took the individual into custody.
Regardless of what happened, the library confessed having the BC Book Prize Authors there to present was probably the best event the library had ever put on.