Langley school locked down over shooting scare
LANGLEY, BC: A Langley school was locked down for two hours Tuesday afternoon after cops received multiple reports of a supposedly armed man having entered the school building with a gun.
A team of 40 officers from the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team, serious crime and youth units, assisted by police dogs and Air One were despatched to the Langley Secondary School and Langley Education Centre where they undertook a thorough search of the school premises.
B .C. ambulance was also alerted to the school to administer first aid to casualties in a possible shooting.
The lockdown was lifted at about 1:45 pm after a suspected 17-year-old youth carrying a replica handgun was taken into police custody.
The investigation is ongoing and police will release additional information as it becomes available, a police spokesperson said.
Should parents feel the need for counseling services for their children, they can contact Langley RCMP Client & Victim Support Services at 604-532-3214.
Langley RCMP and Langley School District thank parents and students for their patience during the lockdown. “Understandably, many would have safety concerns, however we appreciate how the situation was dealt with,” said Superintendent of School Cheryle Beaumont.
“We are just thankful that this incident has been brought to resolution without anyone being hurt. We are also very aware of the professional manner in which the RCMP responded.”