By Penticton Herald Staff
Uplands Elementary School was placed on lockdown by Penticton RCMP following reports of an "at risk individual" believed to be in the area.
Cpl. Ted Manchulenko said police contacted the school, located at 145 Middle Bench Rd., after learning the person was in the vicinity of the school on foot. Manchulenko noted the individual was not in close proximity to the school but the lockdown was implemented as a safety precaution for students and staff. He said that a police dog search was unable to locate the person.
The lockdown happened at about 2:30 p.m. just before students were to be dismissed from school. Some parents and guardians were also inside during the incident.
Wendy Hyer, superintendent for the Okanagan Skaha School District, said she was also notified by school administration as to what was happening. Hyer emphasized the individual wasn't seen as a threat to those at the school but the action was taken in the best interests of students and staff.
The lockdown lasted for about 35 minutes. Students were given permission to leave the school at about 3:05 p.m. Two police vehicles remained on the scene afterwards.
Police noted they had the full cooperation of staff, parents and children as they conducted the sweep of the area.