Students at Dallas elementary have returned to class after yet another bomb threat to an area school.
A teacher found the words “find the bomb” written in spray paint along the side of the building at about 7:30 Friday morning, leading school staff to call in the RCMP, said School District 73 assistant superintendent Rob Schoen.
Students and staff were barred from the building and mustered in the school’s spots field while police inspected the building, Schoen told KTW.
“It was ascertained that the threat wasn’t credible,” Schoen said.
Mounties had completed their investigation by 8:25 a.m. and students and staff were allowed back in the building without having missed any class, said Schoen.
This is the sixth threat made against a Kamloops school in the past two weeks — all of which were determined to be hoaxes.
Last Tuesday, 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.
Three days later police were called in to Valleyview secondary where large pink letters reading “find the bomb” were scrawled on the side of the building.
Classes remained in session while police conducted a search, determining the threat wasn’t credible.
That weekend, more threatening graffiti was discovered, this time at Marion Schilling elementary. Schoen confirmed the words “there’s a bomb” were written on the school in spray paint, with staff calling in police on Sunday to investigate.
“It wasn’t disruptive to the school,” said Schoen.
Students and staff were barred from Sa-Hali secondary Wednesday morning while police investigated after the words “there is a bomb” spray painted on the side of that building were discovered prior to school starting. Police were on scene until about noon and classes didn’t resume until 1:40 p.m. with just a single block left in the day.
The Kamloops Christian School was closed Thursday on the recommendation of the RCMP who 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.
Friday's incident makes Dallas elementary the fourth SD73 school found sporting the threatening graffiti.
Schoen said it’s important for parents to stress to their children how disruptive these threats are and how seriously they are taken by the RCMP.
“Whether it is on Facebook, whether it’s a graffiti tag, they’re treated the same way,” said Schoen.
Anyone with information regaridng the threat is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.