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Incident at high-school alarms parents in Prince Rupert

Incident at high-school alarms parents in Prince Rupert

An incident at Charles Hays Secondary School in Prince Rupert this morning was a cause for concern for parents.

The school was put into a “hold and secure” mode, meaning no one can leave or enter the school.

Sandra Jones, Superintendant for School District 52, says there was a minor issue outside the school.

She emphasizes all students are safe and none were in any danger.

Jones adds schools often go into “hold and secure” mode, for example when there’s a bear on school grounds.

She compares a “hold and secure” to a “lock down” in which an intruder has entered the school, and classrooms have all their doors closed and locked.

But it wasn’t long before rumours began spreading through social media alarming parents, but Jones says it’s a difficult balance to keep parents informed while not causing panic.

Prince Rupert RCMP say they’ll provide an update on the incident later today.

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