Police presence at Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute due to social media rumours

Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. – Photo via school’s website

Smiths Falls Collegiate Institute says police were present at the high school on Wednesday, Feb. 28 due to social media rumours indicating potential violence.

In a letter to parents, Stacie Dowdall, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute principal, said the school was made aware of rumours “that originated on SnapChat” about a reportedly violent incident that may occur at the school.

Dowdall said all matters related to the safety of students are taken very seriously, and Smiths Falls police were immediately called to investigate.

“Police have advised us today that we were safe to open our school and operate our regular school day,” Dowdall said.

Out of an abundance of caution, however, police were present at the high school on Wednesday. Police will continue to monitor the situation, the letter said.

“Please know that the safety and well-being of students is a priority for us,” Dowdall noted.

In a media release, Smiths Falls police said that “all the leads have been explored at this time and it has been determined there is nothing credible to this rumour, although police are continuing the investigation.”

Lanarkist will continue to follow this story and provide updates as they are made available.

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