Suicide Threat on McLoughlin Prompts Lockdown

By Josh Brody in News

A suicide threat involving a person with a knife on the sidewalk near Hudson’s Bay High School on McLoughlin Boulevard prompted Clark College officials to issue a campus wide lockdown for about 10 minutes shortly before 2 p.m. Monday.

The subject was apprehended by the Vancouver Police Department after a passerby reported the scene, said Kim Kapp, public information coordinator for the department.

“It’s standard procedure to lockdown schools when there is an unknown subject with a knife,” Kapp said.

Clark Vice President Bob Williamson announced the lockdown was in effect via email at 1:57 p.m.

The person was reported to have been taken to a hospital for evaluations, Kapp said. The person’s affiliation with either school was unknown, she said.

Hudson’s Bay School Resource Officer Rey Reynolds said the person complied with officials but said he believed the lockdown was necessary due to the threats made by the individual.

“You never know what could happen in these types of situations,” Reynolds said. “It is best to play it safe.”

Williamson announced shortly after the event that a lockdown drill scheduled for Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. was cancelled, based on “actual events.”

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