FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The fad of creepy clowns causing mayhem and inciting fear that has been happening across North America recently caused a minor panic in Prince George yesterday.
School District 60 says that they would follow the same procedures that School District 57 followed should anything similar happen here. On Wednesday evening, the Prince George RCMP were made aware of a post on Instagram that depicted clowns with guns, along with the caption “every school in PG about to get hit.”
Schools in Prince George were put on lockdown yesterday morning, when police also arrested two boys aged 16 and 17 at an area high school. Police continued their investigation throughout the day, eventually allowing schools to cease the lockdown by 2:20 p.m. and releasing the 17 year-old without charge. The 16 year-old was detained overnight is due to appear in court this morning facing unspecified charges.
School District 60’s Assistant Superintendent Stephen Petrucci says that the district has specific protocols that deal with violence and threats. “We have people in place to deal with emergency situations like these,” said Petrucci. “We practice and have laid out specific protocols for emergencies that deal with threats and violence. There are 2 possible things that can happen, a hold and secure or an actual lockdown.”
He also stressed that they always stay in contact with RCMP and decide what action is appropriate in the situation. Police would be the first to be contacted and they would work together to decide what kind of hold and secure, or lockdown procedure would be needed.