Vanier ‘threat’ not real

All was well on final day of school before winter break

Rumours last week of a threat to G.P. Vanier Secondary student safety were unsubstantiated, according to school principal Charlie Schellinck.

“There has been some rumours circulating through the hallways of Vanier — and the RCMP and myself have been dealing with that through the week — and no substantiation of any threat to our students, so we’re keeping our students safe and sound as always,” Schellinck said Friday morning.

Superintendent of Schools Sherry Elwood elaborated. “On Monday, Dec.  17 we became aware that a Valley student and their parent had reported that there was information through social media about a threat against a secondary school.

“Following our School District Threat Assessment protocol, we contacted the RCMP who began an investigation to determine if the threat was actually active. There was evidence that the stories/rumours had been connected to the Mayan end of the world theory.

“School and district staff worked with the RCMP every day to clarify the stories and the rumours. Today (Friday) there was a discreet supervision plan at Vanier which included the RCMP,” Elwood said in a press release.

“It is important to note that the information circulated through social media and miscommunication was never determined to be an active threat against Vanier.

 

“We have been very pleased by the RCMP response and support. We applaud Vanier’s administration team and staff for their care and attention to their students and parents. Today Vanier enjoyed a fun and calm last day before the winter break.”

 

 

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