A tense situation for students and staff at Notre Dame Collegiate High School in High River Wednesday, May 2.

The school went into a "hold and secure procedure" after a student made some threats.

High River RCMP Staff Sergeant Robin Alexander says the procedure is more commonly known as a "lockdown."

"Notre Dame Collegiate contacted us," said Alexander. "Through dispatch that they had a situation required them to go into a hold and secure procedure, within the school, in relation to some possible threats. That came in at about quarter to one this afternoon."

The procedure meant the students needed to stay in place with the doors locked.

"It is a standard protocol for most schools these days."

Police have arrested a youth off site and are continuing to investigate.

"Anytime an individual threatens to bring harm we are compelled to respond, and in this case there was some indication that the behaviours that were described by this student suggested their might be some risk to NDC."

Alexander says they're working to get more details.

"Notre Dame and all the schools in the area have a very robust protocol. They will always err on the side of caution. If they feel it is necessary and warranted they will go into their process. They will notify us. We are all very well practiced at this."

Alexander says they need to be practiced at these drills because of what happens in the United States.

"We sure are sensitive to what can happen. Things are well under control at the school and we are following up on our side of the situation."


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