“Lockdown, lockdown” sounded over the intercom at Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay right in the middle of afternoon classes.
It came just moments after RCMP arrived at the school after learning about a specific threat of weapons-related violence.
A threat made on social media that was initiated from inside the school building.
“Police arrived on scene and said they’d received a pretty specific threat about violence that could take place in the school today,” said Paul Berry, Comox Valley School District Principle of Health and Safety.
The school was put into lockdown in accordance with safe school protocol to ensure student and staff safety.
Grade 11 student Kuin Lund immediately took refuge under a table.
“They didn’t even say if it was a drill or not,” he said.
Grade 11 student Christian Flowers was in the woodwork room when the alarm sounded.
“I thought it was a joke at first,” he said.
He and other students then realized it wasn’t one of their frequent safety drills.
“We all kind of huddled together on one side of the shop away from the door,” he recalled.
Flowers said he texted his parents his brothers to let them know he was okay.
Meanwhile, the RCMP was investigating the origin of the threat and four students were later taken from the school property.
“Several youth were identified and are currently in custody,” said Comox Valley RCMP Constable Rob Gardner.
The lockdown was lifted at around 4 pm and staff and students were allowed to leave.
No word yet on if the students detained will be charged or what charges they could face.