Cowichan Secondary School was under lock-down Friday morning. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Secondary School was under lock-down Friday morning. (Citizen file)

UPDATE: Cowichan Secondary lockdown lifted

A tip from students led to a code red lockdown at Cowichan Secondary on Friday.

Officers were seen outside of the school carrying rifles in the morning.

“We are in a precautionary lockdown,” School District 79 spokesperson Katie McLaughlin confirmed around 11 a.m. Friday. “There were some students that brought forward some information to district administration and out of an abundance of caution we were advised to go into a lock-down.”

McLaughlin said the students were safe inside the building while police investigated.

“We are just waiting for more information,” McLaughlin said.

They didn’t have to wait long.

“The RCMP worked really quickly and determined that the threat was not viable,” McLaughlin said less than a half an hour later. The lock-down lasted around an hour.

“We are back in normal operation,” she said, adding that the events were all part of safety protocol.

“If a threat is received we want to make sure we act out of an abundance of caution,” she said, noting school officials have a plan in place to work efficiently with administration and the RCMP in those types of situations.

Cowichan Secondary staff issued a notice on Facebook that explained the ordeal and noted counselling would be made available if students felt they needed it.

“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,” it said.

The notice also explained Quamichan students were kept indoors.

“We also ensured the Quamichan students stayed inside while the police investigated, even though there was no threat to the school,” it said.



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RCMP responded quickly to a threat at Cowichan Secondary School Friday morning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

RCMP responded quickly to a threat at Cowichan Secondary School Friday morning. (Robert Barron/Citizen)