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Warning: This story contains a reference to alleged sexual abuse.

Caitlin Erickson says she didn’t have to look up the scripture referenced in spray paint on the side of her rural garage—Hebrews 12—to be alarmed.

This chapter contains the line: “Our God is a consuming fire.”

She knew because someone had sent her a threatening text in August that referenced the same New Testament chapter when she became one of the public faces in a class action lawsuit against a Christian private school in Saskatoon.

“I find it scary when people use writing as a weapon,” Erickson said Tuesday.

It has been a difficult six months for Erickson since she took to the steps of the Court of King’s Bench in Saskatoon to speak about a class action lawsuit filed against former students of Saskatoon Christian Center Church and Christian Center Academy School, now known as, being accused Mile Two Church and Legacy Christian Academy have been subjected to physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Erickson is one of the named plaintiffs in the lawsuit and is expected to draw criticism.

On August 21, she received a message that said: ‘It would be wise for you to stop speaking to the press if you care about your life. Hebrews 12:20.”

The quote refers to the verse: “If even one animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”

Caitlin Erickson says she has no regrets speaking out about her experience at the Christian Center Academy in Saskatoon. (CBC)

The more recent message was painted on November 10th. On the same day, someone tore down the surveillance cameras above her front door and on her eaves. This combination prompted Erickson to invite her children and return to Saskatoon.

The next day, she was returning with her 15-year-old nephew to feed their dogs and encountered an intruder at her home.

“We ran out of the house. We didn’t physically see the person, but we heard the person and ran upstairs and out of the house,” she said.

She reported the break-in to the RCMP. Hours later, officers called her back.

“They reached me just before midnight and said it was an emergency, so that was a few hours later,” she said.

“He just said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this. There was a fire in your house.’ And I said, “No, I think you got the wrong person. I called about the break and I’ll come in.” And he said, ‘No, is that your address? You have two dogs.'”

Erickson’s dogs, Yoshi and Georgia, escaped through a dog door in the garage, but the family’s hamster, gecko, and snake died. The basement was badly damaged by fire, water, and smoke, and the rest of the house was badly damaged by smoke.

RCMP confirms there was a fire and that the case is now in the hands of fire investigators from the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency.

CLOCK | Saskatchewan RCMP investigating fire at home of former Christian private student

Saskatchewan RCMP investigating fire at home of former Christian private student

Last Thursday, someone vandalized Caitlin Erickson’s home with Bible verses spray-painted on it. A day later there was a fire

The sequence of events also alerted Grant Scharfstein, one of two attorneys who initiated the class action lawsuit against the church and school.

“I felt nauseous when I heard what happened,” he said.

“We don’t know who did it. I don’t think it’s coincidence, but who knows? Eventually an investigation will be completed. Hopefully they’ll find out who did it. I also hope and expect that the legacy of Christian Academy and Mile Two churches will speak out very strongly when they hear about it and condemn it in the strongest possible terms if it was definitely a member of their church.”

Erickson said she has also been publicly confronted with people posing as members of Mile Two Church. She had also left a note on her deck.

Still, she doesn’t regret reaching out.

“I’m going to take more security measures and, you know, things will be done a little bit differently going forward, but it won’t stop the process going forward,” she said.

“If her intention was to shut me up, that’s not happening.”


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