Nanaimo RCMP and school district senior staff have given the all-clear following a bomb threat at Park Avenue Elementary School June 14. (News Bulletin file)

Students return to elementary school after evacuation

Threat made on Park Avenue Elementary temporarily relocates students to John Barsby Secondary School

Students and teachers are back at Park Avenue Elementary following a bomb scare Wednesday morning.

According to Dale Burgos, Nanaimo school district spokesman, there was an evacuation at around 9 a.m. after a threat was found at the school. Students were relocated from the Eighth Street school site to nearby John Barsby Secondary School.

While Burgos confirmed it was a bomb threat, he wouldn’t elaborate. Nanaimo RCMP are investigating, he said.

“We want to investigate a little bit further, so we’re going to try to keep some of the information just while we do the investigation,” said Burgos. “So we don’t have any more information that needs to be out in the public.”

The all-clear was given about 10:30 a.m. by senior staff and police, said Burgos, and students were escorted back to the school with staff.

In a press release, Cpl. Jon Stuart, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman, said the investigation revealed nothing of concern and is ongoing.

“It is hoped that anyone with information about this incident would come forward to assist in the investigation,” Stuart said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Nanaimo RCMP’s non-emergency line at 250-754-2345.

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