Shuswap Middle School students will be returning to school tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 18, after an RCMP police dog searched the school and found nothing after a bomb threat was discovered this morning.
“RCMP have given the ‘all clear’ for students to return to Shuswap Middle School tomorrow. The school was searched and it was determined there was not a threat from a bomb,” states a release from School District #83 on Wednesday afternoon.
Students were evacuated on Wednesday morning after a written threat was found on the wall of one of the boys’ washrooms.
“That written threat, that was all we found,” said Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane of the Salmon Arm RCMP. “We consider the threat level low, but the response level is high to err on the side of caution.”
Students were walked to the South Broadview Elementary School gym as a temporary measure and were released to parents or bused home from there once it became clear that it would take at least the school day to search and clear the building.
“The school district would like to thank the RCMP for their quick, professional help; as well as thanks to school staff and the parents. School Principal Silke Yardley adds a very special thanks to the 600 plus students at the school who were extremely well mannered and helpful during the evacuation,” states the information from School DIstrict #83.
The school district is encouraging anyone with information about the threat to talk to school administration.
The police investigation is continuing.