It’s safe for South Delta Secondary School (SDSS) students to go to class after police found rumours of an online threat were unfounded.
On April 12, Delta police received information from concerned parents that a threatening conversation was taking place on social media among the high school students.
The initial comment, which read “Do not come to school tomorrow,” grew into a chain of responses which led to the belief that there was a threat to the students at SDSS.
“Everybody’s got a heightened sense of concern over these types of incidents,” said Sharlene Brooks, Delta police public affairs coordinator.
“So we certainly can’t afford not to take them seriously.”
Police investigated into the matter by engaging parents, school administration and the Delta police school liaison officer.
Police found no threat to the students.
“There are benefits to social media and there are challenges to social media,” Brooks said. “It’s got a far reach and it can be taken beyond where you intended it to go.”
School administration sent a message to parents providing an overview of the situation and the actions that have been taken. The principal, SDSS staff and the school liaison officer are available to answer any questions or concerns from parents.
Situations like this have happened before, and police will continue to deal with them on a priority basis.