Police surrounded South Meridian Elementary out of 'an abundance of caution' this morning

Police surrounded South Meridian Elementary out of 'an abundance of caution' this morning

Gun scare at South Surrey elementary school ‘unfounded’

South Meridian Elementary locked down after students report a stranger inside.

Heavily armed police briefly surrounded a South Surrey elementary school Thursday morning, following an “unfounded” report of someone with a gun on the school grounds.

Police – noting the report, which came in around 11:40 a.m., was soon after modified to “stranger in the school” – say the response to South Meridian Elementary, at 16244 13 Ave., was “out of an abundance of caution.”

Nine police vehicles were on the scene; the officers remained on-site for  for less than an hour.

“Turns out the file is unfounded,” Cpl. Scotty Schumann confirmed shortly after 12:30 p.m.

“A couple of young students there saw a repairman that was legitimately in the school and didn’t recognize him, and somehow described him as being with a gun.”

School district spokesman Doug Strachan told Peace Arch News the school was locked down for “10 to 15 minutes.”

“We were given the all-clear really quickly,” he said.

 

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