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Jackson campus students evacuated due to bomb threat

A inked bomb threat, which included a number of homophobic slurs, was noticed in the pedestrian tunnel leading to the Jackson campus. The message prompted an evacuation of the school Tuesday afternoon. - Lachlan Labere/Observer
A inked bomb threat, which included a number of homophobic slurs, was noticed in the pedestrian tunnel leading to the Jackson campus. The message prompted an evacuation of the school Tuesday afternoon.
— image credit: Lachlan Labere/Observer

Students at Salmon Arm Secondary's Jackson campus were evacuated this afternoon, Feb. 11, after an anonymous bomb threat was made against the school.

RCMP report an inked graffiti bomb threat, which included homophobic slurs, was noticed in the tunnel under the highway leading to the Jackson campus.

Students were evacuated at 2 p.m. to the Sullivan Campus as a precaution and an explosive-sniffing dog is being brought up from Kelowna to check the school property overnight.

The written threat, complete with expletives, was noticed earlier in the day but was not brought to the attention of school administration until this afternoon.

The school district made a decision to cancel the remainder of afternoon classes at Jackson and walk the students to the Sullivan Campus to catch buses from there.

In a letter emailed to parents, superintendent Glenn Borthistle explained, "the school district received what was felt by school officials and RCMP to be a viable threat against the Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary, putting the safety of the students in possible jeopardy. In accordance with the school district's crisis response plan and the advice of the RCMP,  the decision was made to evacuate the students and staff from the school and have them walk to Sullivan campus."

Borthistle said at the time the threat was made, the majority of the school buses were out on elementary and middle school runs. Because it would take some time for them to get back to town, it was decided to move the students to Sullivan.

It is likely that school will be open as usual tomorrow morning.

The RCMP are continuing to be involved.

More information to come as it becomes available.

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