Kamloops Mounties have released a bit more information about the mass lockdown of all North Shore schools on Wednesday (March 31), but many details remain unanswered as various rumours and claims continue to be shared on social media.
Const. Crystal Evelyn said the investigation is ongoing and concerns a threat directed at NorKam secondary on Wednesday at about 1:40 p.m.
“Police received a call involving a very serious and specific threat to NorKam senior secondary school,” Evelyn said. “As part of its response, RCMP followed its normal procedure to contact the school district and provide it with information about the situation. RCMP recommended the school district implement its school safety procedures, which resulted in the lockdown of NorKam senior secondary and some of its neighbouring schools.”
The North Shore was filled with officers on the ground at various schools, while an RCMP plane flew above the area
“As frontline officers obtained more information and the initial threat did not materialize, police and the school district coordinated the safe exit of staff and students,” Evelyn said. “At this time, police are still investigating the nature of the threat.”
Evelyn said the detachment would like to thank the schools, students and parents for their support, co-operation and patience during the lockdown and hold and secure incidents.
A letter sent home to all affected families from respective school principals on Wednesday night thanked them for their support.
Parents were advised to watch their children and youth for varied reactions to these types of situations that may include trouble sleeping, concentrating or listening, irritability, sadness, anger or worry.
SD73 said the first important step to help children after an event is to listen and pay attention to what they say and how they act, remembering that they may also show their feelings in non-verbal ways. Counselling is available for students as required.
SD73 said incidents like Wednesday’s are a reminder to parents and caregivers to ensure their contact information is up to date at their child’s school in case of emergencies.
Additionally, parents can download SD73’s mobile app to receive the notifications posted to the district and each schools’ website.