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Prince Edward Island schools evacuated over 'potential threat'

Published 21/09/2016

The Canadian students are being taken to safe locations
The Canadian students are being taken to safe locations

Schools in Canadian province of Prince Edward Island have been evacuated because of a "potential threat".

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said that 19,000 students at more than 60 English language and French language schools are being taken to safe locations by staff outside the schools, where buses are meeting them.

"School emergency evacuation plans have been activated,” the RCMP said in a statement.

"No threat located in any of the schools. There has been no threat found."

Parents and guardians are being asked to wait for further instructions before picking up their children.

Update: Police declare evacuated Prince Edward Island schools safe

Parker Grimmer, the island's director of public schools, says police contacted the school system on Wednesday morning about "a threat that was of a significant nature" and asked for the evacuation of all schools.

Three schools in the nearby province of Nova Scotia - NSCC Marconi Campus, Cape Breton University and the NSCC technology campus in Halifax - also have also been evacuated due to potential threats.

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