UPDATED: Woodstock High School lockdown ends without incident

by | Feb 8, 2024

Woodstock Police Force, based on RCMP information, initiated precautionary lockdown

An afternoon lockdown at Woodstock High School ended without incident.

In a statement following the event, the Woodstock Police Force said it initiated the lockdown Thursday, Feb 8, following information provided by the RCMP.

“Acting on information provided by the RCMP, the Woodstock Police, in consultation with the Woodstock High School, deemed it necessary to initiate a precautionary lockdown at the Woodstock High School,” the WPF explained. “Prioritizing the safety of students and staff, the lockdown was upheld as the situation evolved, eventually transitioning to a hold and secure protocol. Once the matter was resolved safely, the hold and secure measures were lifted.”

The Woodstock Police Force guards the entrances to the Woodstock High School grounds Thursday afternoon, Feb. 8, as the school remains on lockdown for public safety reasons. (Jim Dumville photo)

The lockdown began early Thursday afternoon. Woodstock police arrived at the school to start their investigation and secure the safety of everyone in the building.

WPF officers guarded the street entrances, blocking access to the grounds.

The officers confirmed that the police were inside and the building was locked down but described the situation as calm.

Shortly after 2 p.m., the Woodstock Police Force issued a statement confirming the lockdown as the WPF, in partnership with the West District RCMP, investigated a public safety matter.

The Woodstock High School issued a social media post at approximately the same time.

“WHS is currently under lockdown as a precautionary measure in partnership with the Woodstock Police Force as they investigate an active matter,” the post stated. “We will update when we are able.”

The school followed with an update at approximately 2:45 p.m.

“At this time, we continue to take precautionary measures to ensure safety for all. We have moved to a hold and secure, which means everyone stays in the class, and learning continues. At this time, people cannot enter nor exit the building. Please stay out of the area for the time being. We will update as soon as we can.”

The Woodstock Police Force statement just before 4 p.m. confirmed the police resolved the matter safely and lifted all security measures. 

“The Woodstock Police Force extends gratitude to the RCMP, as well as to the students, staff, and public for their assistance during this incident,” the WPF release added.

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