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Updated: Lockdown over at Langley Secondary School
The lockdown at Langley Secondary School and Langley Education Centre has finally been lifted after more than two hours.
Witnesses said approximately 14 police cars were surrounding the school after someone reported seeing a gun in a backpack.
Langley Serious Crimes and general duty officers along with members of the Surrey RCMP and the Police Dog Services integrated team cordoned off the area and conducted a search. The Lower Mainland District Emergency Response Team was also on standby.
"There have been no reports of shots fired, or of any injuries. Additionally, we are not aware of any direct threat to a student or staff member," Corporal Holly Marks, spokesperson for Langley RCMP said in a press release this morning.
In a statement posted on the Langley Secondary School website, the school urged parents to stay away from the campus.
"As of 10:50 am we are in lockdown. Police are here and the building is secure. We are taking all precautions to ensure all staff and students are safe. Please do not approach the building or call as all staff and students are secure and safe inside locked rooms with teachers."
The parent holding area was at the Langley Twin Rinks, 5700 Langley Bypass, with members of Victim Services and a representative from the School Board on hand to answer any questions.
Students trapped in their classrooms seemed to be quite calm, said Grade 11 student Austin Mallar.
"They have us locked in our classrooms. Apparently the RCMP and Swat Team are here and are searching classrooms for one or two students with a gun apparently in their backpack. There isn't much else I know since we're being kind of isolated at the moment," Mallar texted to The Times from his foods class during the lockdown.
"People are pretty calm since we went through the exact same thing not too long ago... People are just mad we have to go through this again, being stuck in class, etc."
Langley Regional Airport, located across the street from LSS, was not locked down and continued to operate in full service all morning.
On Nov. 22 the school was closed along with neighbouring Christian Life Assembly for three hours after police received many calls that a person armed with a weapon had entered the building.
No one was injured in the November incident.
More details to come.