Saanich Police say they have “managed to safely resolve” a situation at two Saanich schools.
We've managed to safely resolve the situation at Spectrum. The hold and secure has been lifted for the surrounding schools and Spectrum's will be removed shortly. pic.twitter.com/9eRUOIH7gZ
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) March 8, 2018
The Greater Victoria School District (SD 61) had issued a hold and secure for Spectrum Community School and nearby Marigold elementary school Thursday morning, prompting a police response, now resolved.
— Greater Victoria SD (@sd61schools) March 8, 2018
According to the district’s website, the procedure is used “when it is desirable to secure the school due to an ongoing situation outside the school and not related to the school” such as a near-by robbery or cougar sighting.
“In this situation, the school continues to function normally, with the exterior doors being locked until such time as the situation near the school is resolved,” it reads.
Police did not locate any suspects after members of the Central Saanich Police Department, the RCMP and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team searched the grounds.
One student suffered a panic attack during the incident.