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RCMP identify youth suspect after Bert Bowes bomb threat, continue to investigate

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP continues to investigate after Bert Bowes Middle School received a bo…

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP continues to investigate after Bert Bowes Middle School received a bomb threat Thursday afternoon.

The detachment says a youth suspect was identified through a thorough investigation and determined that there was no threat to the public. This was confirmed by an RCMP police dog unit.

Police responded around 1:15 p.m. and secured the area while the school was evacuated. The RCMP police dog unit was tasked with clearing the school building while police officers continued to investigate.

“Public safety is of utmost importance,” said Inspector Anthony Hanson, detachment commander of the Fort St John RCMP. “In this case, our investigating officers were able to respond quickly and thoroughly to determine there was no threat and that everyone involved were safe and accounted for.”

The streets surrounding Bert Bowes Middle School were reopened to traffic at approximately 3:40 pm. The investigation continues.

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