Two Thompson schools locked down Jan. 8 because of possible gunshot reported nearby

RCMP initiated lockdowns at two Thompson schools Jan. 8 after receiving a report of a possible gunshot nearby.

“Today at 1:50 p.m. we had a lockdown that was initiated by the RMCP based on an incident outside of the school in a nearby community location,” said a message from principal Rob Fisher sent out to parents around 2:30 p.m. “There was no known threat to the school. We then were in a hold and secure situation from 2:10-2:20 p.m. The hold and secure and lockdown have all been lifted and we are now operational as usual.”

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The possible gunshot was reported to police around 1:30 p.m. in the area of Thompson Drive, said RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Julie Courchaine.

“Multiple RCMP officers attended the area and made extensive patrols,” said Courchaine. “Members attended both R.D. Parker and Riverside as they were in the area and immediately spoke with school administration so that they were aware of the call. The schools were placed in lock and secure and RCMP remained on site at both schools until the end of the day as a precaution. Officers made extensive patrols and spoke with numerous people in and around the area but nothing further was reported to police.”

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