Brandon Police Service have advised this morning that there is no further cause for concern after a threat via social media resulted in what Brandon School Division is referring to as a hold and secure and then lockdown of its schools:
In a statement distributed to parents on Thursday morning, Brandon School Division advised that at 8:51am its Superintendent's office received a request from Police to put all of its schools and facilities in hold and secure mode while Police conducted an investigation after becoming aware of a non-specific possible threat at a school within the division. Police subsequently identified a subject and informed that there was no further cause for concern, then advised the Superintendent's office at 9:42am that hold and secure mode may be lifted at schools
A Brandon School Division spokesperson has further clarified that the initial response was to place schools in what is referred to as 'hold and secure,' where doors to schools themselves are locked and monitored with students moving freely within schools. Not long after, schools were placed in lockdown whereby students were to be in classrooms with doors locked while Police conducted investigation.
Details have not been disclosed by either Police or the School Division on the exact nature of the threat.
Updated: Oct 31, 10:50am. Reflected details from School Division statement to parents/guardians
Updated: Oct 31, 11:27am. Added further details from School Division
Updated: Oct 31, 12:01pm. Added School Division tweet with link to official statement