Five students were released to guardians after two hour lockdown Tuesday.
Comox Valley RCMP say of the five students taken into custody, only one is believed to be responsible for an alleged threat that locked down G.P. Vanier Secondary School for two hours Tuesday afternoon.
The students were released to their guardians Tuesday evening.
Police say one student still faces possible charges ranging from uttering threats to mischief.
“The Comox Valley RCMP is working with School District 71 and Crown Counsel regarding possible charges and/or disciplinary action” said Constable Rob Gardner of the Comox Vally RCMP.
Police arrived at the school just after 2pm Tuesday to inform school administrators that a threat had been made.
The school was locked down a short time later.
“Police arrived on scene just after 2 o’clock here at the school and advised us that they had received a pretty specific threat about violence that could take place at the school, weapons related violence” said SD 71 District Principal for Health and Safety Paul Berry.
The school was locked down for about two hours meaning students and teachers were in locked classrooms with lights off and windows to the hallways covered.
“All of a sudden we heard ‘lockdown’ and we went down” student Quin Lund told CHEK News.
“We just all kind of huddled over to one side of the shop away from the door” said another student Christian Charles.
When asked about the threat and if it was made on social media, Cst. Gardner said:
“That’s all part of the investigation that’s still ongoing so I can’t discuss the actual threats but what I can say is that a situation like this threat is taken very seriously with the RCMP and we need to react in the manner that we did yesterday”
Students tell CHEK News the threat was made on an app called Whisper.
“Yeah I have it on my phone. It’s where you an post anonymous confessions and stuff like that. You can message people anonymously” said student Christian Charles.
But it turns out anonymous might not be so anonymous after all. The Crown and the school district now determining if charges will be laid.