October 19, 2016
As many of you are aware, there have been a variety of ‘creepy clown’ social media threats throughout British Columba and North America recently. On October 7th, Fort St. James Schools were threatened through an Instagram ‘creepy clown’ post which resulted in a ‘Secure and Hold’ procedure at both David Hoy Elementary and Fort St James Secondary for the entire day. The School District worked in conjunction with the RCMP to ensure that student and staff safety were a priority. Thankfully no other incidents have been reported in our school district since the 7th.
School District staff and RCMP detachments throughout our district continually monitor for potential school threats of any nature and principals would immediately employ our threat/risk assessment protocols should there be an incident.
However, with Halloween around the corner and given the sensitivity at this time, students and staff are asked not to wear clown costumes to any school functions. I would also recommend that parents avoid clown costumes for even their littlest children on Halloween night.
Should you have any concerns or become aware of a potential risk at one of our schools, please contact your school principal.
Superintendent of Schools, School District No. 91