Mission secondary schools placed on lockdown

Mission secondary schools placed on lockdown

Ban lifted after only 15 minutes after threat found to be false.

Students and staff at Mission secondary schools had a scare on Monday afternoon after a lockdown was ordered.

While it has now been lifted, there were some tense moments, according to Randy Huth, assistant superintendent of the Mission School District.

According to Huth, the RCMP received a “really vague message” about a threat to one of the Mission area secondary schools. After being informed of the threat, it was decided to place all the secondary schools in the Mission district and the Fraserview Learning Centre under lockdown.

The school board office was also locked down

It was soon discovered by the police that no threat existed and the lockdown was lifted after less than 20 minutes.

“It’s not a fun thing to go through, kids worry. We take any kind of threat very seriously,” said Huth.

Mission RCMP Sgt. Shaun Wright said the threat notice originated from an online conversation.

“The party involved is apparently not local and nowhere near the province so It was just a precautionary measure and there was no actual threat towards any school or anything within Mission or the province of BC at all. It was unfounded,” said Wright.