(Dover Bay Secondary School/Photo: breidenbach-education.com)

Dover Bay Secondary School in Nanaimo was placed on lock down and nearby McGirr Elementary, and at Nanaimo and District Secondary Schools were placed under hold and secure this morning.

According to Nanaimo RCMP, an “unspecified incident” lead to the emergency measures at all three schools this morning.

However by 11:20 a.m., investigators were satisfied that the threat was not credible and the lockdown and hold and secure were lifted at all three schools.

Two officers will be stationed at each school out of an abundance of caution and to answer any questions or concerns that parents and guardians may have.

Police have not revealed any details about the nature of the incident that prompted these measures.

A ‘lock down’ is enacted when there is a major incident or threat of school violence within the school, or in relation to the school.

On the other hand, a ‘hold and secure’ is used to secure the school during ongoing situation in the vicinity of the school but unrelated to it – such as when there is a cougar in the area, or a robbery nearby.

Nanaimo RCMP are continuing to investigate the incident, and anyone who has information to share is asked to contact them at 250-754-2345.