Possible social media threat prompts ‘soft lock down’ at Raymond schools

By Patrick Burles - @PatrickBurles on Twitter
April 13, 2018 - 1:17pm

RAYMOND – A tip from the Edmonton Police Service prompted a ‘soft lock down’ at Raymond schools Friday, April 13.

It started around 11:10 a.m., when police in Edmonton learned of a possible threat that had been made by a former Raymond student on social media. After being informed of the threat, the local RCMP directed schools in Raymond to secure until dismissal, as a precaution.

Students and staff were brought inside, with all doors and windows then closed and locked.

The schools remained secured until dismissal, and with confirmation from police that they were safe to do so, they dismissed their students.

The Westwind School Division provided the information on their website, which included the following assurance that student safety was never compromised:

It is important for you to know that the safety of students is our first priority. We have Westwind threat assessment protocols in place to deal with threats to student safety that were enacted and followed. We want to assure you that all of our schools continue to be safe, secure learning environments for your children. We also want to commend students and staff for the way the situation was handled.

It was noted by the school division that the RCMP are continuing to investigate the situation, and as such they will not be sharing specific details.

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