Rumours, speculation clouding investigation of threat against Sooke school, police say

The man arrested in connection with an alleged threat against a Sooke high school Thursday has been released, and police say there’s no evidence to suggest the school is at risk.

Sooke RCMP continue to investigate a report of threats against Edward Milne Community School that prompted a decision to put the school in hold-and-secure mode Thursday morning.

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Police said Friday that rumours and speculation were clouding the investigation, urging people with first-hand information to speak with officers.

“Investigators are finding posts online indicating weapons and threats that are not part of the investigation, and do nothing but stoke fear in the public,” said Staff Sgt. Brett Sinden.

Sooke RCMP said Thursday they were made aware of a potential “serious incident” planned at the Sooke school.

Based on the information, the RCMP and the school district decided to put hold-and-secure safety measures in place. Stephanie Sherlock, communications manager for the district, said the measure went into effect about 11:30 a.m.

The protocol means outside doors are locked while normal school activities carry on inside.

Victoria police and the West Shore RCMP worked with Sooke RCMP to locate and arrest a suspect.

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