West Vancouver police investigate social media threat against high school

North Shore News


Police were called Sunday after a teen posted a threatening message on social media that appeared to target Rockridge Secondary. Photo by Mike Wakefield/North Shore News

Officials at West Vancouver’s Rockridge Secondary have reassured parents it’s safe for students to go to school today after an alarming post apparently circulated among teens on social media Sunday.

Rockridge principal Judy Duncan sent out an email to parents Sunday evening, saying the school had been made aware of an “upsetting message” about Rockridge posted on social media and had called in West Vancouver Police.

Parents and teens were circulating copies of the post apparently made by student at the school Sunday evening.

“This pitifully ruled school of ours will come to an end tomorrow,” read the post. “This is a threat. Not some rant so take action now.”

Some parents said their teens who saw the message or who became aware of it through friends were alarmed and shaken by the message.

West Vancouver Police Department spokesman Const. Kevin Goodmurphy confirmed Sunday evening that police investigated the post by the teen and determined, “there is no credible threat at this time.”

No further information on the investigation or action taken by police was immediately available.

“We are confident that all measures have been taken and that there is no threat to student safety,” wrote Duncan in the email to parents. “We look forward to a regular school day tomorrow.”

No comment on the incident was immediately available from the West Vancouver School District.