Times Colonist

Passing remark results in lockdown at Nanaimo school

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NANAIMO — An offhand remark by a 13-year-old boy led to the lockdown of a Nanaimo high school for almost three hours yesterday.

Police were notified and hundreds of students at Nanaimo District Secondary School were locked in their classrooms when a teacher overheard part of a conversati­on between a 13-year-old boy and his two friends while they were off school grounds.

Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien said police determined the teen said, “I’m going to kill someone” during a conversati­on with friends after a pop machine inside the nearby Nanaimo Aquatic Centre ate his change. A teacher who happened to be walking by only heard “I’m going to kill someone,” said O’Brien.

No charges were laid and disciplina­ry action is up to the school, he said.

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