No official word has been issued yet as to why there was a lockdown at the UBC Biological Sciences building yesterday, when RCMP officers surrounded the building.
According to a posting by ScienceDave on Now Public (under Update 2) shortly after the incident occured, it could have been a suicide attempt: "According to an email released to faculty and gradute students working in the building, a suicidal student has been displaying threatening behaviour."
If it was in fact a suicide attempt, there are options for any who is feeling suicidal, depressed, distress, or in need of someone to talk to.
The Crisis Line for Persons in Emotional Crisis (as listed at the front of the Yellow Pages), which is a confidential, free, non-judgmental, and 24 hour service, is:
”¢ 604-872-3311 for Vancouver, Bowen Island, Burnaby, North Vancouver, West Vancouver;
”¢ 604-279-7070 for Richmond and Delta;
”¢ 604-540-2221 for Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Port Moody, Pitt Meadows, and Port Coquitlam;
”¢ 604-951-8855 for the South Fraser region