Penticton RCMP say they have no reason to believe staff and students of a local school are at risk following reports of threats. Western News file photo

Police don’t believe school safety at risk following threats

Penticton RCMP are saying they have no reason believe the students and staff of a local school are at risk after receiving reports of threats on Sunday.

“The investigation lead to the identification of a suspect who has been spoken to along with family members of the individual,” said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth. “Police continue to liaise with school officials as their investigation continues. The safety of students and staff is paramount.”

Wendy Hyer, superintendent of schools for the district, said the incident took place at Skaha Lake Middle School.

“Recently, a safety concern was brought to our attention that involved threat related behaviour. As this information was worrisome in nature, police were contacted and they have initiated an investigation. We initiated our multidisciplinary community violence threat risk assessment team that involves police and other key community partners,” said Hyer in a press release. “We are also in close contact with our provincial student safety experts. We have been provided valuable guidance as we ensure the emotional health and safety of all students and staff in our school.”

Hyer said due to the police investigation and privacy considerations she cannot share any details at this time, other than police believe there is no threat to the school.

“I do want to assure you that all staff and students are safe. We take every precaution to ensure the safety of children and our staff members,” said Hyer.

 

Police and School District 67 officials are saying recent “threat-related behaviour” directed at Skaha Lake Middle School is being investigated and is not believed to pose a risk to staff or students. Mark Brett/Western News

Penticton RCMP say they have no reason to believe staff and students of a local school are at risk following reports of threats. Western News file photo