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Police presence, safety measures in place at Corunna school following 'potential threat'

Sir John Moore Public School.

An increased police presence is expected at a Corunna elementary school where some parents say they won’t be sending their kids, Wednesday, following a ‘potential threat’ reported to police.

In an email sent to parents Tuesday afternoon, the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) says ‘increased safety measures’ will be in place at Sir John Moore Public School — including police presence — following a ‘potential threat against the school’.

“For your awareness, we are sharing a discovery made at the school,” read the email, signed by principal Erin Gower and vice principal Angela Cote. 

“Concerns were raised regarding a potential threat against the school. An investigation by the Lambton OPP took place immediately and has been completed. 

“At this time, they do not believe there is an imminent threat to public safety.”

They added that the LKDSB’s System Coordinator of Safe Schools will also be on site.

In a local Facebook group, a growing number of parents say they plan to keep their kids home, Wednesday, many pointing to a lack of information communicated from the school.

“We recognize that learning about this potential threat may cause some uncertainty and stress for our students and their families,” the notice added. “We are encouraging students to reach out to a trusted staff member to share any thoughts and concerns they may have.  

“Please also know that members from the LKDSB's Psychology department are available to offer counselling supports, as needed.”

A news release was also sent out to local media, Tuesday.

The Journal has reached out to the OPP for comment.

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