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RCMP are looking for first hand information to further their investigation of a potential threat that had Edward Milne Community School in Sooke under hold and secure for nearly 3 hours on Thursday.

One man was arrested in connection with the incident on Thursday, but he has since been released from custody.

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Police say their investigation is ongoing and they believe there is no threat to the community or the school at this time.

They are now looking for people with first hand information to come forward and speak to police, adding that hearsay on social media does nothing but stoke fear.

“Social media can be a great tool, but investigators are finding that rumors, speculation and hearsay are unnecessarily hampering this investigation,” said Sooke RCMP Staff Sgt. Brett Sinden in a statement.

“Investigators are finding posts online indicating weapons and threats that are not part of the investigation, and do nothing but stoke fear in the public.”

Anyone with firsthand information is encouraged to contact Sooke RCMP at (250) 642-5241

Background

On Thursday November 7th, police took action after reports that an adult male was possibly planning a “serious incident” at Edward Milne Community School.

Students were not allowed to leave their classrooms from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. while the hold and secure was in place.

Officers remained tight lipped about their search while it was ongoing, and have yet to release any information about why the hold and secure was deemed necessary.

Cpl. Manseau added that no injuries were reported during the course of their search and arrest.