Police, firefighter presence at SKSS causes alarm

Kamloops Daily News
January 14, 2013 01:00 AM

The presence of emergency workers at South Kamloops Secondary caused alarm among parents picking up their children Monday afternoon.

The heightened concern comes in the wake of school threats to Kamloops schools last December in the wake of the tragic killing of 26 students and teachers in Connecticut and a new door locking policy throughout the Kamloops-Thompson School District.

SKSS was swirling with rumours of another threat on Monday, reaching one parent through her student daughter, who then called The Daily News.

School authorities said there was no basis to the rumours. But questions persisted with the presence of fire trucks and police outside the school.

It turns out their visits were coincidental and relatively innocuous.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said officers were there to follow up on a verbal incident between two students that happened on Friday.

One student, who was carrying a pocketknife but didn't brandish it, threatened to cut the wires of another student's headphones.

School protocol dictates that police follow up when damage to personal property is threatened.

"It's part of a level one threat assessment, meaning what does this incident relate to in terms of the school and the safety of the students," said Learned.

There would be no police investigation and school officials dealt with the incident through internal disciplinary procedures, he said.

Asst. Chief Rob Chalmers said Kamloops Fire Rescue attended the school to conduct a routine fire safety inspection.


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