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UPDATE: Second hold and secure in two days issued at Penticton schools

Princess Margaret Secondary School and nearby Skaha Lake Middle School were subject to hold and secure conditions for nearly half an hour today, Oct. 16, 2020.

For the second day in a row, the RCMP have asked the school district in Penticton to implement a hold and secure, this time at two schools in the city.

Okanagan Skaha School District superintendent Todd Manuel says a hold and secure took place at Princess Margaret Secondary and Skaha Lake Middle Schools this afternoon, Oct. 16. He says the threat involved a report to police that someone in the community may have had a weapon in their backpack.

“We get direction on hold and secures from RCMP, if there is a threat outside or in the community, police will contact the school administrator to ask for a hold and secure on the students in the building,” Manuel says.

The RCMP called around 1:40 p.m. today to ask for the hold and secure while they investigated a potential threat in the community.

The hold lasted approximately 25 minutes before being called off by the RCMP, who later issued a statement of their own regarding the incident.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Field said a man was seen walking down Green Avenue with what a member of the public believed was a firearm in the man's backpack.

He wasn't displaying threatening behaviour but as a precautionary measure, police requested the two schools be temporarily secured while multiple cruisers responded to the area.

Police were unable to locate the man, and roughly a half hour later they advised the schools they could re-open.

Penticton Secondary School was subject to a hold and secure action yesterday after students reported seeing an axe in the backpack of a man who approached them on school property.

- This story was updated at 4:00 p.m., Oct. 16,  to include details of the incident from the RCMP.

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