This morning, students at the Cowichan Secondary School James Street campus noticed an online threat regarding Cowichan Secondary School. They quickly brought it to the attention of the office, who contacted the RCMP immediately. Together, it was determined that out of an abundance of caution the school should go into a lockdown.
All students and staff were safe inside during the lockdown, while the RCMP acted quickly to ensure the students and staff were not at risk. In a very short time they notified the school that there was no longer a concern for safety of the Cowichan Secondary school community, and the lockdown was lifted and classes resumed.
We also ensured the Quamichan students stayed inside while the police investigated, even though there was no threat to the school.
Everyone acted very quickly to ensure the safety of your children. This reinforces the importance of students bringing to our attention any concerning behaviour or messages they see online or hear from others. It allows us to quickly and effectively work with our partners like the RCMP to keep everyone safe.
We recognize this can be an unsettling experience or your child. Counseling supports will be available as needed, and we encourage you to speak with your child as well.
Here are some resources for parents to help guide the conversation with their children:
- Guidelines for parents/guardians to support children through times of grief during and after a traumatic event
- Supporting children and youth during traumatic events