PENTICTON – RCMP officers were guarding several south Okanagan schools Wednesday, after copies of an anonymous and threatening letter were found at two of the schools. The letter writer threatened to use their father’s guns to shoot people at schools in Penticton and OK Falls. Superintendent of Schools, Wendy Hyer, says copies of the letter were found at OK Falls Elementary and Princess Margaret Secondary. The letter writer complained of being bullied, and expressed frustration at their mother’s dealings with the welfare system.
“As per our Community Threat Assessment Protocol, we are cooperating with the RCMP and relevant agencies to ensure the safety of our students and staff and to identify the threat maker,” says Hyer.
She says RCMP were on site at several schools in the district for the remainder of the school day.
“Schools locked exterior doors, with the exception of the main entrance, which is being monitored,” she says.
RCMP say they are trying to find out who wrote the letter. Sergeant Rick Dellebur with Penticton RCMP says a copy of the threats are being released in hopes the public can assist further in the investigation. Global News has scratched out profanities in the copy of the letter above.