Threat incident causes lockdown at CSS

Clearwater Secondary School went into lockdown Monday as staff and police dealt with a student who had threatened a teacher

Clearwater Secondary School went into lockdown Monday afternoon as staff and police dealt with a student who had threatened a teacher.

“I can tell you what I told parents,” said principal Darren Coates. “It happened at about 2:30. A student made a fairly serious threat towards a staff member.”

“A number of factors, including the fact that the student was in an agitated state, led us to take the situation seriously and we did a partial lockdown.”

Because of the nature of the situation the public address system was not used. Instead, he and vice-principal Tracy Buck did a quick walk through the hallways, telling teachers to take their students into their rooms and lock the doors.

The school had done two lockdown drills in September, Coates said, and so the process went smoothly.

The drills at that time were identified as such. When he went around on Monday some students asked him if it was another drill.

“When I told them, ‘No,’ their jaws dropped,” he said. “I later told them that no gun was involved but, unfortunately, some did not hear that.”

Clearwater RCMP arrived on the scene quickly, defused the situation, and took the student off the premises.

The remaining students were removed from lockdown after approximately a half-hour.

The principal arranged for extra counselling time on Tuesday for students who request it. He also advised parents about what had happened.

The school district has a violence threat risk assessment procedure that kicked in as the incident was underway, Coates said.

This included a multi-faceted team that will develop a long-term plan for the student involved.

In the meantime, the student is not attending CSS.

The teacher involved was upset by the experience but suffered no physical harm, the principal reported.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” Coates said. “We have procedures in place, just in case we need them. In this case, we did.”


Just Posted

SLIDESHOW: Blue River cross-country ski races – part one

More photos of ski races plus awards ceremony to come

Greyhound cleared to end routes in northern B.C., Vancouver Island

Company says nine routes have dropped 30% in ridership in last five years

RCMP continue investigation into missing Sun Peaks man

Ryan Shtuka disappeared after leaving the village of Sun Peaks on Feb. 17

BC BUDGET: New spaces a step to universal child care

Fees reduced for licensed daycare operators

BC BUDGET: NDP cracks down on speculators, hidden ownership

Foreign buyers’ tax extended to Fraser Valley, Okanagan, Vancouver Island

VIDEO: B.C. superfans soak in 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Trio, including two from the Okanagan, have been cheering on Summerland Olympian Kripps among others in Korea

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. to refer Alberta crude restriction to court

John Horgan hopes to defuse pipeline-wine war with Rachel Notley

B.C. businesses say new health tax will raise prices for consumers

Province announced that MSP will be gone by 2020

Barnful of ducks die in early morning blaze

The cause of the fire is unknown

B.C. family says care home switched mom’s cat with robot cat

Staff alleged to have said they were taking cat for bath, then replaced her with robotic stuffed toy

B.C. speculation tax applies to out-of-province homeowners

Albertans with Okanagan, Island properties hit, Kootenays could come later

Northern B.C. short 121 registered nurses: report

Auditor General says officials need to improve internal management, track effect of new policies

WATCH: Vancouver Island family builds eight-foot igloo in yard

Sunday snowfall on the mid-Island leads to all-day family activity

Most Read