Students OK after 911 prank

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High school classes were running normally in Parrsboro yesterday, after a prank 911 call raised a scare last Thursday.

"The students are fine," said Parrsboro Regional High School Principal Pamela Hoar. "I think they all knew it was a prank."

High school classes were running normally in Parrsboro yesterday, after a prank 911 call raised a scare last Thursday.

"The students are fine," said Parrsboro Regional High School Principal Pamela Hoar. "I think they all knew it was a prank."

A class trip to the county municipal building on April 26 was held up by the RCMP, who were responding to a call of a shooting with injuries. The 9:25 a.m. call was traced to a cell phone belonging to a PRHS teacher who was on the bus trip with 41 students.

A student was apprehended by police and is facing a charge of making false 911 calls. The student is not in school at this time.

"At this point there are mixed versions of what the student said to the 911 operator," said Scott Milner, Chignecto Family of Schools supervisor. "The student who made the call was arrested and accompanied by a chaperone to the police station and the student's guardian was contacted."

The rest of the students continued with their field trip to the county municipal building, where they fully participated in the day's events. There the students and their supervisor also met with an RCMP officer who assured them that the matter was under control and they were safe, according to a school board press release.

The students also met with school administration and available teachers after returning to the school on Thursday, and had counseling available on Monday, but none required support, according to Milner.

"While we always take disciplinary issues seriously, in the wake of recent events at Virginia Tech, we consider this prank especially disturbing," he said. "The student who was apprehended by police will also be dealt with in accordance with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board's student discipline policy."

awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: RCMP, Virginia Tech, Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Parrsboro, Chignecto

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