Arrest made following threat on Kamloops Christian School

RCMP say there is no further threat to the public following the arrest, but the school remains closed today in an abundance of caution

Kamloops RCMP have arrested a male youth after receiving a tip from Interpol about a threat made against Kamloops Christian School on Thursday.

The tip was based on a social media post on Snapchat that showed a youth holding two pistols with a threatning caption, police said.

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In a Facebook post, Kamloops Christian School principal Sandro Cuzzetto said the school has closed today on a recommendation from the RCMP.

"I do apologize for the inconvenience this will create, but the safety of our students and staff is Paramount. Therefore, we are asking all students and employees of KCS to stay away from the school today. I will give more information as I get it," Cuzzetto said.

No further details of the case have been released due to the age of the offender.

"We are confident that we have the author of the threat in custody, and that there are no risks to the school staff or students at this time," said Staff Sgt. Mathias Van Laer in an RCMP news release sent to media early Thursday morning.

The threat is the latest in a series of threats on Kamloops schools.

On Wednesday, Sa-Hali secondary was subject to a graffiti-based threat where "there is a bomb" was painted across the side of the building. The school was closed while police investigated the incident and school resumed later that afternoon.

Last Tuesday, Mounties said a Sa-Hali secondary student posted a message on Snapchat, threatening her school. That threat was deemed not credible and the student will not face charges.

Last Friday, students and staff arrived at Valleyview secondary to find graffiti on the outside of the building referencing a bomb. Large pink letters reading “find the bomb” were scrawled on the west side of the high school, leading staff to call the Kamloops RCMP.

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