William Konkin Elementary's entrance was blocked by firefighters and police on Feb. 28.

William Konkin Elementary's entrance was blocked by firefighters and police on Feb. 28.

Burns Lake school evacuated

William Konkin Elementary was evacuated Wednesday after an unconfirmed explosive device was brought into the school.

  • Feb. 28, 2017 8:00 a.m.

by Flavio Nienow – Lakes District News

 

William Konkin Elementary (WKE) was evacuated on Feb. 28 after an unconfirmed explosive device was brought into the school.

The B.C. RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit was immediately sent to Burns Lake to ensure the device was dealt with appropriately.

“The principal of the school called us right away when she learned of the device and immediately evacuated all the staff and students,” said corporal Aaron Semmler, acting detachment commander for Burns Lake RCMP.

There were no injuries to any staff or students, he notes.

“Their reaction time was excellent, and it was very reassuring, she was able to quickly account for the safety of all staff and students.”

Parents were asked to pick up their children at the Muriel Mould Learning Centre as school was cancelled for the day.

“We took the step of calling for the Explosive Disposal Unit to attend, out of an abundance of caution,” added Semmler.

Since this is an active investigation, the Burns Lake RCMP did not comment on the nature of the device, or how it was brought into the school.