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'Quiet Friday': Low attendance at West Kelowna high school due to shooting threat

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Many high school students in West Kelowna have opted to stay home today following a threat to "shoot up" the school.

Alan Lalonde, School District No. 23 assistant superintendent, said it’s been business as usual at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary in West Kelowna today, May 13, and no incidents have been reported however, many students and their parents have decided students should remain home.

“It’s a quiet Friday,” he said.

Earlier this week, parents became concerned when an image began circulating on Facebook saying “I will shoot up MBSS Friday, May 13. Happy death day.” The message was written in lipstick in the downstairs girl's washroom at the high school.

READ MORE: Threat made to 'shoot up' West Kelowna high school

RCMP are investigating the incident and no suspect or suspects have been identified at this time.

Security personnel and police officers have been at the high school throughout the day today, Lalonde said, adding security officers are occasionally hired by the district for events like dances or football games so it’s not unusual to have them on site.

The chances of finding a culprit are usually high, he said.

“Most of the time these threats are just threats, there’s not a lot to them but we obviously have to treat them very seriously.”

Parents have been reaching out with their concerns, he said.

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