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UPDATE: Lockdowns ended, students dismissed from North Kamloops schools

RCMP officers at Norkam Secondary are investigating a threat made in connection to the Kamloops high school, Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
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March 31, 2021 - 5:27 PM

Lockdowns have been lifted from North Shore and Brocklehurst schools as Kamloops RCMP continue to investigate a threat.

RCMP received a threat related to Norkam Secondary School on the North Shore this afternoon, March 31, but police aren't providing any details about the nature of the threat.

“(RCMP) are working with the school district to coordinate the safe exit of students to their parents. Police are still investigating the nature of the threat,” Kamloops RCMP media relations officer Const. Crystal Evelyn said.

No further information is available at this time.

The high school's administration locked down the school immediately and other schools in close proximity were also locked down.

Police and school district officials urged the public to stay clear of the area surrounding Norkam Secondary, 12 Street and Tranquille Road, during the lockdowns.

"Please hold off on picking up your kids until police are clear of the area," Const. Evelyn said. "Once the RCMP has been able to determine that the threat is false and the area is safe, students and staff will be released and the lockdown lifted."

Evelyn said no one had been hurt.

Diana Skoglund, spokesperson for School District 73, said the schools were locked down out of an "abundance of caution."

"I have not heard of an imminent threat at all," Skoglund said.

— This story was updated at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2021 to add new information from RCMP.

— This story was updated at 5:26 p.m. Wednesday March 31, 2021 to add new information from RCMP.


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