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Kamloops school district reassures parents that schools are safe after alleged threats

February 14, 2019 - 5:02 PM

KAMLOOPS — The superintendent of the Kamloops-Thompson school district is reassuring parents that schools across the board are safe after reports of two students accused of conspiring an attack made headlines earlier this week.

A letter was emailed to all parents and guardians with children enrolled in the School District No. 73, according to a media release issued today, Feb. 14.

“Nothing is more important than keeping our students and schools safe,” Alison Sidow says in the emailed letter. “I understand some of you may be feeling a little uneasy after hearing about a recent event involving threats to a school.”

Sidow assures parents that the incident has been managed and that schools are safe.

A Kamloops This Week story reported the district has been working with the RCMP and other community groups after two students allegedly made threats regarding students, school staff and administrators online.

“The RCMP spoke with both students and their families and have taken appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all students and staff at the school,” Sidow says.

Sidow also encourages parents to have a conversation with their children to talk about what is going on in social media and for parents to become familiar with their child’s use of Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.

“Every threat of violence in our schools is taken seriously,” she says.” We are committed to keeping our schools safe and the well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority.”

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