A smoke bomb detonated during the lunch period at Westsyde secondary led to afternoon classes being cancelled Tuesday.
Video of the incident posted to Instagram showed purple smoke billowing into the cafeteria of the Kamloops high school, which was evacuated.
“It filled the whole cafeteria to the point where you couldn’t see very well through the smoke, plus the smell, so we just determined it standard procedure to evacuate as you would a fire drill,” said principal Chris Preymak.
He said large fans were used to blow the smoke out of the school, but some students and staff began complaining about the smell during afternoon classes. People were reporting respiratory issues and headaches, he said, so the decision was made to dismiss classes by about 1 p.m.
“We sent an email home to all parents letting them know what happened and the health of students and staff were paramount,” said Preymak.
Classes are expected to resume as normal Wednesday as the air conditioning system will be left on overnight to make sure the smell is gone by the morning, he said.
“It’s almost gone now,” Preymak said.
The device was confiscated and turned over to the RCMP, which is working with the school to determine who set it off and what consequences will come from it, said Preymak.