Another threat to Kamloops school leads to cancellation of weekend activities

The seventh threat in two weeks is also the third directed at Sa-Hali secondary. The latest came in a phone call. All have been hoaxes

Weekend activities at Sa-Hali secondary have been cancelled after a second threat in three days was made against the school.

According to a post on the school’s website on Friday, Sept. 20, the RCMP is investigating recent threats made to the school and weekend activities are being rescheduled as to not impede the investigation.

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A separate post reads that police concluded an investigation regarding Friday's and classes resumed at 1:40 p.m.

Kamloops-Thompson school board chair Kathleen Karupuk said a threatening phone call was made to the school on Friday morning before classes began, leading staff to call in the RCMP. She said police inspected the school and its perimeter and ascertained the threat wasn’t credible.

Karpuk said she has not details regarding the nature of the call, nor if police will be at the school during the weekend to investigate. She described the number of threats made against Kamloops schools in the last two weeks as “unprecedented.”

The school board’s next regular meeting is Monday in Sun Peaks and Karpuk said she anticipates trustees will discuss school security at an in-camera session.

“This takes an incredible amount of resources away from the education of our students, It has a huge impact on our students ability to feel safe in their schools,” Karpuk said.

Friday’s threat is the third levied against the high school in the past two weeks.

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, a Sa-Hali secondary student received a visit from Kamloops Mounties after she posted a message on the social media app Snapchat, threatening her school. The student was not charged.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, students and staff were barred from the school while police investigated after the words “there is a bomb” was found spraypainted on the side of the building.

Police were on scene until about noon and classes didn’t resume until 1:40 p.m

The threat at Sa-Hali secondary follows a similar threat at Dallas elementary that also occurred on Friday morning.

Students and staff were prevented from entering the school and mustered in the sports field while police inspected the building and determined the threat wasn’t credible.

In the past 11 days, there have been seven threats made to Kamloops schools and all have been hoaxes.

Someone scrawled the words “find the bomb” on a wall at Valleyview secondary on Friday, Sept. 13, but students remained in class while police investigated.

Last weekend, more threatening graffiti was discovered, this time at Marion Schilling elementary in Valleyview.

School District 73 assistant superintendent Rob Schoen confirmed the words “there’s a bomb” were written on a school wall in spraypaint, with staff calling police that Sunday to investigate.

Kamloops Christian School was closed on Thursday, Sept. 19, on the recommendation of the RCMP, which arrested a male youth after receiving a tip from Interpol about a threat made against the school. The tip was based on a social media post on Snapchat that showed a youth holding two pistols with a threatening caption, police said.

Anyone with information regarding these threats is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

“We would like this to stop because it is having an incredible impact on people and it does not need to be continuing,” Karpuk said.

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