UPDATE: Bert Bowes given all clear after bomb threat

UPDATE #3: Petrucci spoke with the principal of the school and said ” [they were] given the all clear by the R…

UPDATE #3: Petrucci spoke with the principal of the school and said ” [they were] given the all clear by the RCMP.  My understanding is that it was a prank call and the RCMP are following up.”

UPDATE #2: As of 2:50 p.m., SD 60 Superintendent Stephen Petrucci says the RCMP is still assessing the situation. There are reports of students being picked up by parents and guardians. He says if the kids go home, “that’s a connection between the school and the parent.” The RCMP says there is no evidence at this time to suggest there are any safety concerns.

UPDATE: An RCMP officer on scene says they can’t give out much information, but “as of right now we’re just taking precautions.”

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School has been evacuated after receiving a bomb threat Thursday afternoon.

School District 60 Superintendent Stephen Petrucci says school officials believe it was a prank phone call.

Officers are currently blocking the street in front of the school.

Fort St. John RCMP is currently on scene assessing the situation, says Petrucci.

“We believe that it was a crank call but out of an abundance of caution, of course, we’re following the procedures,” says Petrucci.

Students have been moved off the school property, and they have been evacuated to the field next to École Central Elementary.

This is a developing story.

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