Kamloops Mounties have given the all clear for students to return to classes at Sa-Hali secondary following a bomb threat at the school on Wednesday morning.
Police completed their search of the school just before noon on Wednesday, determining the threat to be unfounded.
“Every threat made on a school is taken very serious,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said. “It takes a tremendous amount of resources to react to these threats to investigate the source of the threat. These resources are officers that could have been used responding to other calls.”
The bomb threat was reportedly made in the form of graffiti on the building that read “there is a bomb.”
Classes resume as of 1:40 p.m. accordng to the school distirct. Soccer and volleyball practice along with a parents' athletic meeting will proceed as scheduled.
Administration immediately evacuated the school before 8:30 a.m., and students who live in the vicinity of Sa-Hali secondary were asked to stay home until further notice.
Students who did not live near the school were to meet their teachers in the Sa-Hali secondary field while alternate arrangements were made for the day in the event the building needed to be evacuated for a long period of time.
The threat led to the cancellation of an afternoon event celebrating Sa-Hali being granted international status as a UNESCO-designated school. That event will be rescheduled.
This is the third threat made against a Kamloops high school in the past eight days.
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.
Classes remained in session during the search and police determined the threat was not credible.
Last Tuesday, Mounties said a Sa-Hali secondary student posted a message on the social media app Snapchat, threatening her school. That threat was also deemed not credible and the student will not face charges.
“Every threat made on a school, whether it’s via social media post or a graffiti tag, is taken very seriously,” School District 73 assistant superintendent Bill Hamblett said. “These incidents take a tremendous amount of resources to investigate and determine the source of the threat and it’s critically important for parents to stress to their children the consequences of these inappropriate actions.”