Salmon Arm student carrying prop sword becomes centre of police drama

Reports of suspicious occurrence prompts safety protocols at schools.

A Salmon Arm student received some unexpected drama when police caught him carrying a prop sword for a school performance.

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 16, Salmon Arm RCMP received two reports of a suspicious occurrence.  Staff Sgt. Scott West said two individuals reported seeing a male on Okanagan Avenue carrying something suspicious beneath a camouflage cover.

“The item could only be described as long and out of the ordinary,” said West.

Police went into action, notifying schools and the daycare in the immediate vicinity “out of an abundance of caution.” Meanwhile, West said all available officers converged on the area and were able to locate the suspect, who is a student at a local school.

“The student had been transporting a prop for a school performance… a replica/prop sword,” said West.

Investigating officers quickly determined there was no threat, and the previously notified schools and businesses were updated.

West says co-ordination with the schools and adherence to safety protocols were seamless and no one was in danger at any time.

Asked how the prop sword should have been transported, West recommended by vehicle and with parent.