Student safety is a top priority

Friday's school incident ends with one person in custody

West Shore RCMP and the Sooke School District are reiterating that the safety of students is their top priority after a message written on the side of Colwood elementary school caused some concerns late last week.

RCMP responded to the scene just before 8:30 Friday morning due to the nature of the graffiti written on the side of the school. Police maintained a significant presence at the school for the remainder of the day, although the school did not go into lockdown.

As an extra precaution, students remained inside the school during recess and lunch breaks.

“Although there is no risk to public safety, this incident remains under investigation,” said detachment spokesperson Const. Alex Berube in a release. “The safety of students and staff will always remain our priority.”

As the day progressed police identified and took the believed author of the graffiti into custody.

Police would not release any further information at this time, as the case is still under investigation.

Island District RCMP Forensic Identification Service is also aiding in the investigation.

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