Hunting Hills High School was evacuated on Wednesday morning because of a bomb threat.
RCMP are investigating whether it is linked to similar automated pre-recorded bomb threat messages that have disrupted numerous schools across North America in recent days. Edmonton’s Jasper Place High School was also targeted by the hoax on Wednesday.
Red Deer Public Schools spokesman Bruce Buruma said a pre-recorded message was received by the school warning of a bomb at 9:45 a.m. RCMP were called and after an extensive search of the school nothing was found and students returned to their classes about 10:50 a.m.
Hunting Hills High School principal Darwin Roscoe took a dim view of the hoax.
“I find this incredibly disturbing,” he says in a statement. “These incidents are taken very seriously.
“These incidents, on such a large scale, cause great concern and really do impact our students and staff. Tremendous resources by the RCMP and Emergency Services are put into place diverting them from real needs.
“On top of that, the learning of 1,500 students is interrupted.”
Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com