Online threat against Ladysmith Secondary not credible, RCMP say

Online threat against Ladysmith Secondary not credible, RCMP say

A Ladysmith Secondary student’s claim that he was going to be ‘teaching’ something to fellow schoolmates was interpreted as a threat later proven to be unfounded.

A letter was emailed to parents and guardians on Oct. 30 letting them know about the incident.

“Over the weekend, the school was alerted to a perceived threat to Ladysmith Secondary School. RCMP were called immediately to investigate. It was determined that there was no credible threat,” wrote principal Margaret Olsen.

Ladysmith RCMP confirmed that an incident was reported as a result of a parent who saw a post on social media.

“Might be teaching the whole school a lil something (soon),” read a caption overlaid on a black and white photo of the student with a hoodie pulled on his head.

Ladysmith RCMP Cpl Rick Fraser said officers investigated and determined that the student was indeed supposed to deliver a lesson in his class.

“What he actually was referring to was that he had been called upon by the teaching staff to literally teach the students a First Nations traditional song,” Fraser said.

“Some parent thought he was going to come in (and commit a violent act) and there was no reference to that at all.”