Final Update on the Hold-and-Secure at Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy

Port Hastings, NS:—The RCMP received areport of shots being fired in the vicinity of Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy in Terre Noire at approximately 2:15 p.m. today, Thursday, October 23, 2014. As a result, the school implemented the hold-and-secure procedure as a precautionary measure in consultation with the RCMP who responded immediately to the school. There was no threat on school property. Students remained in the school until the RCMP directed the evacuation of students to school busses at approximately 5:00 p.m. The RCMP investigation revealed that the shots were discharged by two nearby hunters. The RCMP said that the shots were not fired at the school and no threats were made. ‘Hold-and-secure’ is an action taken to restrict access in and out of the building in response to a safety concern external to the school. The school worked closely with the RCMP and the Superintendent’s Office throughout the afternoon to ensure the safety of all students and staff. The students and staff should be commended for their excellent cooperation during this situation. The threat was taken very seriously by Cape Breton Highlands Education Centre/Academy staff, the School Board and the RCMP. - 30 - For more information, please contact: Ford Rice, Superintendent of Schools, 902-625-7065 Sgt. Alain LeBlanc, RCMP, 902-720-5652; Deanna Gillis, Coordinator of Communications, 902-625-7093; deanna.gillis@srsb.ca