Cape Breton-Victoria schools to close Friday due to ‘credible’ weapons threat

On Sunday, members of the Cape Breton Regional Police responded to a fatal accident near 371 Purves St. in North Sydney. File/Global News

All Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education (CBVRCE) schools have been cancelled on Friday as a result of a “credible” weapons threat to students and staff.

In a release Thursday, the education district said a number of schools in the region have received what the police have deemed a credible threat.

“After consultation and conversations with the Cape Breton Regional Police, and in an abundance of caution, the CBVRCE will close all schools and RCE offices (Friday) for the full day,” the district stated.

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The CBVRCE is reiterating that the school closures are not related to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We understand there may be questions,” the statement continues. “We are asking that the police be given the ability to do their investigation.

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“Information will be shared as appropriate.”

Editors’ note: A prior story said all Cape Breton schools would close on Friday, when the cancellation applies only to Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education schools. We regret the error.

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