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Classes resume at Jackson campus after 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

Classes continued as usual on Wednesday at the Jackson campus of Salmon Arm Secondary following an evacuation on Tuesday afternoon.

Students at Salmon Arm Secondary’s Jackson campus were evacuated at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, after an anonymous bomb threat was made against the school.

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

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

Police spent that night thoroughly searching the school and found nothing threatening in nature after a bomb threat was written in a pedestrian tunnel near the school. An RCMP explosive sniffer dog was brought up from Kelowna and inspected both the interior and exterior of the property.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane of the Salmon Arm detachment congratulated the school staff for, “their measured and professional handling of the situation.”

After assessing the situation, 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.”

RCMP say they are working to identify the person responsible for the message with the intent of laying criminal charges.

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