Update - Columbia Valley RCMP plea for calm amid social media rumours

Columbia Valley

2021-05-03 15:24 PDT

File # 2021-1048

RCMP in the Columbia Valley is aware of the increased speculation and rumours being circulated on social media in the wake of last weeks’ series of school lockdowns, while police responded to a possible school threat.

Click here to view the original news release (April 27, 2021).

We fully recognize that there was a lot of emotion involved, not only during the implementation of these emergency school safety measures, but in the hours and no doubt days to follow this incident. While we can appreciate your willingness to assist, we strongly caution against sharing photos and information through social media while any investigation is on-going, as this may hinder the investigators’ ability to gather pure and untainted information from witnesses in the first instance. We are also mindful that in this instance, the subject of the investigation are youths and their identities are therefore subject to protection under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Local RCMP want to reassure the town and the entire school community that the quickly evolving situation, which prompted the extreme precautionary measures late last week, remains under active police investigation, states Sgt. Darren Kakuno, Detachment Commander for the Columbia Valley RCMP. In an effort to provide further clarity, the Columbia Valley RCMP confirm that in fact two arrests were made at the conclusion of the unfolding incident. The ongoing police investigation is examining the actions of a group of youths and their alleged possession and use of what was determined to be a replica firearm.

The Columbia Valley RCMP greatly appreciates the continued cooperation of School District #6 officials, school leaders and staff, as they work collectively through this sensitive situation to an appropriate and acceptable outcome for all those deeply impacted by these events.

Columbia Valley RCMP would like to once again thank each and every one of the involved schools, all of the impacted students, teachers and staff for their patience and full cooperation during the lockdown and hold and secure requests.

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
Office: 250-491-4317
Cell: 250-869-9578
Fax: 250-491-2381

Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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