Three secondary schools in the Comox Valley reopened Friday, a day after the schools were shut down due to a picture posted on social media of two teenagers holding what appeared to be guns.
On Thursday, Mark R. Isfeld, G.P. Vanier and Highland were closed after RCMP deemed of the three schools was not safe. Approximately 3,000 staff and students were told to stay home.
Later that day, Comox Valley RCMP said two students were arrested for uttering threats. Police said the two teens have been released back into the care of their parents.
CHEK News has obtained a photo of a picture posted to social media that shows two teenagers posing with what appeared to be a revolver and a rifle. Text on and below the photo said “shooter gang” and “Don’t come to school tomorrow.” An official anonymously confirmed this photo is the one that led to the closure of the three schools.
Investigators are liasing with rown Counsel and School District 71 (SD71) to discuss a resolution to the incident.
“We have a system in place to deal with matters such as this. This incident was able to show that the system works. School District Number 71 and the Comox Valley RCMP are able to collaboratively work together, keeping the students and staff safe,” Const. Rob Gardner of the Comox Valley RCMP said.
All three schools are now open. The provincial exams that were scheduled for Thursday at the schools are being administered on Friday.