Nova Scotia

Facebook post of song lyrics prompt investigation in Wolfville

Comments posted to Facebook prompted a police investigation in the Annapolis Valley after a parent interpreted the content as a threat to local schools, say Nova Scotia RCMP.

Horton High School's doors were locked with limited access to the building for 1 hour as a precaution

A comment posted on Facebook prompted a police investigation after a parent misinterpreted a post as a threat to local schools, RCMP say. (CBC)

Comments posted to Facebook prompted a police investigation in the Annapolis Valley after a parent interpreted the content as a threat to local schools, say Nova Scotia RCMP.

Cpl. Jen Clarke, a spokeswoman for the RCMP, said members of the New Minas detachment responded to a complaint Thursday night and determined a former student from the area posted the comments in the process of writing a song.

As a precaution, Horton High School in Wolfville locked its doors for about an hour on Friday between 8:45 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. to control access to the building, the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board said. 

Clarke said police determined the man's comments were misinterpreted.

"There was no intention on the gentleman's part, at all, to cause any harm to anyone," she said. 

"It wasn't specific to any school in the area, he was just writing trying to make lyrics work for a song he was trying to post." 

Clarke didn't have details on the lyrics.

Kristen Loyst, who speaks for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, said the high school was not locked down but access to the building was limited to a "hold and secure" mode.

"Students still arrived at school, entered the building and went to class as normal," she said Friday.

"If someone from outside wanted to enter the building, they would have to buzz at the door and a member of the staff would meet them, ensure they know who is coming in the building." 

Loyst said the board was working with the RCMP and considered the situation to be resolved.

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