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Kelowna, West Kelowna students, parents urged to dump the rumour mill about 'threats'

March 09, 2018 - 6:23 AM

Police and school board officials are urging students and parents to take their word over rumours: KSS and Mt. Boucherie are safe.

Officials and police at both schools say they have followed up perceived threats involving guns and violence. At Kelowna Secondary school, RCMP Staff Sgt. Brad Swecera says in a release that police were inundated with calls from parents about threats.

"(I) would like to make the public and parents aware that the Kelowna RCMP did in fact receive information (May 8) in regards to some threats and fully investigated this matter and revealed that the alleged threats were not valid and school principal and faculty were also made aware and advised," he says. "The RCMP takes such information serious and readily acted to fully investigate this matter, the RCMP would also like to caution the students and parents as to the risk of using social media to spread inaccurate information."

More information is expected this morning.

Meanwhile, in West Kelowna, two-week-old 'threats' at the city's only high school continue to attract rumours and now media attention. A letter to parents last night from schools superintendent Kevin Kaardal seems to anticipate some students would not attend today. 

"This is not a credible threat and school will be in operation as usual tomorrow. Although this particular situation poses no risk to our students, we understand how rumours and
misinformation have affected members of our school community," he says. 

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