East Van school locked down after reports of person with a weapon

The lockdown at Killarney Secondary comes a day after the high school was evacuated due to bear spray.

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An East Vancouver high school was placed on lockdown Thursday after reports of a person with a weapon inside the school.

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Vancouver Police said at around 11 am, a staff member at Killarney Secondary called 911 with a “credible report” of a person with a weapon in the building.

The school was immediately locked down and Vancouver Police officers, including members of the emergency response team, conducted a room-by-room search.

The lockdown was lifted two hours later. No injuries were reported and no suspects were found.

“We were satisfied there wasn’t an imminent threat at the school but we are still investigating,” said police spokesman Sgt. Steve Addison.

Police have a description of the weapon as it was reported to them, but are not saying what it was until they can locate a suspect and confirm what the weapon was, said Addison.

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Thursday’s incident comes a day after the approximately 2,000 students in the southeast Vancouver school were evacuated after bear spray was set off in the building.

On Wednesday, police believed two other students from another Vancouver school went to Killarney with the intent of assaulting a male student and deployed the bear spray before they fled the premises.

On Thursday, Addison said investigators now believe only one person was responsible. The person has not yet been found by police.

Police do not know whether the two cases are linked.

“We can’t make any direct links at this point,” said Addison. “But it will form part of our investigation at this point.”

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