UPDATE (4:12 pm): Lockdown on NorKam High School has been lifted All students at all schools in North Shore have been expelled and are safe after any threat was directed to NorKam secondary school
UPDATE (3:12 pm): According to SD73, all locks have been lifted except at the NorKam secondary level
UPDATE: Kamloops RCMP said the incident that led to the lockdown of all North Shore schools was linked to a threat to NorKam High School “The school administration immediately issued a lockdown for her and others in the area,” Const Crystal Evelyn said
There is a police presence in several schools on the North Shore, all of which are under lockdown orders from 2 a.m. from Wednesday March 31 at 2 p.m.
Armed gendarmes can be seen in many schools, including NorKam Secondary, Kamloops Christian and Brock Middle
A parent of a Brock student told KTW that their child informed them that there was a lockdown or hold and security situation at the school and the student did not know what was happening
“Kamloops RCMP and the local school district are asking parents and members of the public to avoid the vicinity of Norkam High School and surrounding areas,” said Crystal Evelyn, Kamloops RCMP Constable “Parents are asked to wait until the lock is released before picking up their students Thank you for your patience and cooperation. More details will be posted as they become available “
School District 73 superintendent Terry Sullivan said: We have been informed by the RCMP that they are under threat on the North Shore, so all schools in the North Shore have a lockdown We are doing this as a precautionary measure We therefore ask parents not to pick up their children until the lockdown is complete “
The school district issued this statement: “All students and staff are safe Parents are urged to wait for further instructions before picking up their children”
At around 2:30 p.m., the police presence appeared to be concentrated in the NorKam / McArthur Island area, with officers stationed at various access points including 12th Street, 10th Street, Kenora Road and Cottonwood Avenue and the ring road on McArthur Island
At around 3:00 p.m. several police vehicles could still be seen outside NorKam, but RCMP roadblocks had risen from most of these roads.The lockdown was still in effect but resources from the police had been redistributed by that time, an officer told KTW
Several parents could be found in the NorKam parking lot after 3:00 p.m. waiting for their children to be cleared out of school
One of those parents, Patrick Rawlings, said his Grade 10 son told him over the phone that he was stuck in his classroom and didn’t know why, when they would be allowed to leave or the nature of the threat
Once police are able to determine the threat is bogus students and staff are safe, the lockdown will be lifted and people allowed to leave the school
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