A “FIND THE BOMB” sign painted on the outside of David Thompson elementary school led to its evacuation today (June 19, 2020) but no explosive device was found.At about 11:30 a.m., Kamloops RCMP received a call from staff at the school about the sign.
RCMP responded to the area and worked with school district personnel, Kamloops Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance Service to ensure the school was completely evacuated and that all students and staff were outside of an established safety perimeter. Due to the close proximity and out of caution, Westsyde Secondary School (WSS) was also evacuated. There were several residential properties that required tactical (sudden unplanned) evacuation or displacement of the occupants.
Upon rendering the scene contained and ensuring the public were at a safe distance, RCMP officers, along with an explosive specific Police Service Dog and school staff conducted searches of the school. There were ultimately no foreign objects or devices located inside or outside the school. Subsequently, the scene was released back to the care of the school district and the public in the area were advised that they could return to their homes.
It was later learned that a similar paint “tag” was also put on WSS within the prior three days. The investigation into the matter is ongoing.
“These responses are taken very seriously and often require a rapid displacement of people from an area, in order to ensure their safety,” said Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk.
“Our members’ highest priority was the safety of the students, staff, and residents in the area of DTES. We are fortunate that this incident was false in the end; however, we are grateful for the smooth inter-agency response and for the cooperation of the community in Westsyde.”