UPDATE: Teenager arrested following 'hold and secure' situation at West Kings in Auburn

Kirk Starratt
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A hold and secure was put into place at West Kings after a possible external threat was received.

A youth has been arrested after West Kings District High School was placed under “hold and secure” on April 4.

At approximately 11 a.m., Kings District RCMP received a report that a student at the WKDHS had received a threatening text from another person. As a precaution, the WKDHS was immediately placed in hold and secure as RCMP rushed to the scene. 

At approximately 11:20 a.m., RCMP arrested a 16-year-old boy in New Minas without incident. He was taken into custody and is being interviewed in relation to this incident. RCMP can confirm that the suspect was not on school property.

Hold and secure is a situation that involves locking all external entrances to the building and controlling access to the site while allowing internal activities to continue – after the principal was made aware of an external threat directed towards the school.

A release from the AVRSB says there was a strong RCMP presence at the school and students and staff co-operated fully. A planned early dismissal was delayed by approximately 35 minutes, but at 11:35 a.m., the RCMP advised the school the hold and secure was no longer needed.

The matter is now under police investigation.

“I appreciate the co-operation of our staff and students in responding well to this situation and thank them for their excellent conduct during this event,” said principal Barry Squires.

Both lockdown and hold and secure are practiced as part of the AVRSB emergency procedures in all schools.

There were also hold and secure procedures put into place about two hours later at Kings County Academy and Northeast Kings Education Centre. In that case, a man was arrested by Kentville Police.

Organizations: Annapolis valley Regional School Board, RCMP, West Kings District High School Central Kings

Geographic location: Auburn, Cambridge

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Recent comments

  • BillMyres
    April 05, 2014 - 13:15

    A teenager is arrested for a private message? Where's our freedom gone? And putting a whole school into lock down for someone who didn't even go onto school property.

    • anon
      April 05, 2014 - 17:20

      You don`t know what was said in the text and clearly it was serious. So don`t open your mouth about freedom if you don`t know all the facts.

  • Wayne Bezanson
    April 04, 2014 - 22:01

    well it is good that rcmp are doing something constructive for a change,other than chaseing down motorists for spitting on sidewalks