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Two Halifax schools evacuated over potential bomb threats

By Jacob Moore Apr 29, 2024 | 2:21 PM

A tense day for parents, teachers and students in Halifax.

A school on Larry Uteck and another in the Clayton Park area were dismissed early on Monday over threats against the schools.

École secondaire du Sommet

Students and staff were evacuated from École secondaire du Sommet due to a potential bomb threat.

Families were notified that all students are safe, and the school is working with police on next steps, according to Stéphanie Comeau, spokesperson for Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP).

The security of students and staff is the school’s top priority and the school has taken necessary measures to ensure their well-being, according to a post, written in French, on the school’s Facebook page.

They were relocated to a nearby school for the remainder of the day while police investigated the situation.

Hundreds of students could be seen walking along Larry Uteck Boulevard to get away from the potential threat.

Halifax West High School

Police say they responded to a report of threats at Halifax West High School at about 10:50 a.m., according to a news release.

Police were at the school for most of the day as they searched the building.

The school was also evacuated from reports related to a bomb threat.

Students at the school were were sent home because of a message written in a bathroom stall, according to Lindsey Bunin, spokesperon for Halifax Regional Centre for Education.

“The safety of students and staff is our highest priority, and all threats are taken seriously,” writes Bunin in an email.

Nothing was found at either school.

Police do not believe the incidents were connected or coordinated but they are asking anyone with information to call police.

With files from Caitlin  Snow.