Heightened Security at PG High Schools
Prince George, B.C. – Another tense day in School District 57.
The District has confirmed all high schools in the city are under a code yellow alert which means that students must stay in their classrooms with closed doors.
It also means outside doors are locked while staff monitors exits with only supervised entrance and exit of students and parents as is necessary.
Initially the schools were under a code red alert which means doors are closed, schools are locked down and students are to sit under their desks in silence. The code red was moved to a code yellow at 9:10 a.m. this morning.
The school district hasn’t revealed the reason for the cautionary measures but did post the following statement on its website:
“In continuing dialogue with RCMP, Senior Administration was advised to hold and secure all Secondary Schools located in Prince George,” said superintendent Marilyn Marquis-Forster. “Information leading to this decision was coming to officials as most staff and students were either on their way to school or having just arrived.”
No word yet from the RCMP on what prompted the code yellow response but it does follow a threat involving a social media page Wednesday night which featured a graphic of clowns bearing firearms.
The posts on that site suggested schools in Prince George may be targeted.
It led to the arrest of two males, aged 16 and 17. One of the teens has since been released without charge while the 16 year was held in custody overnight and is due to make an appearance in Provincial Court today.
The RCMP is expected to provide an update shortly.