Two Nanaimo schools undergo lockdown after threat made

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      Update: Nanaimo RCMP announced at 2:09 p.m. on Twitter that the lockdown had been lifted at both Dover Bay High School and McGirr Elementary School.

      No further details about the situation have been released yet.

      Original article:

      Two schools on Vancouver Island are currently on lockdown and police are at both location after threats were made towards one of the schools.

      Nanaimo RCMP announced at 11:20 a.m. today (February 21) that due to an unspecified threat directed towards Dover Bay High School (6135 McGirr Road) and its students, the school is undergoing a hold-and-secure procedure.

      Due to the proximity of McGirr Elementary School (6199 McGirr Road) to the high school, the elementary school has also been placed on hold and secure.

      Officers are at both locations and will remain there until the situation has been resolved.  

      "The decision to place additional police officers at both facilities is not taken lightly and was done after consulting with senior management of the Nanaimo and District School Board,” Nanaimo RCMP spokesperson Const. Gary O'Brien stated in a news release. “The safety and security of staff and students at both facilities is paramount and the officers will remain in place and visible, until the situation has been resolved.”

      Nanaimo RCMP also stated that updates will be provided as the situation develops.

      On November 29, the high school—in addition to McGirr Elementary and Nanaimo District Secondary School—had been put on hold and secure after a threat was made. The lockdown was lifted later in the day, though police remained at the location as a precaution.