A school district in B.C.’s Southern Interior says all schools in its area will be in lockdown mode on Monday, as COVID-19 vaccine protesters entered three schools on Friday and served a “notice of obligation” .
School District 83, which covers the North Okanagan and Shuswap areas, said protesters entered the Sullivan campus of Ranchero Elementary, South Canoe Elementary and Salmon Arm Secondary to speak to the principals concerned.
A district spokesperson told Granthshala News that the encounter was preceded by others on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday, about 15 people wanted to talk to the superintendent at the school district office, the spokesperson said. Talked to him for about two hours.
Protesters return during a pop-up vaccination clinic on Thursday. The police were called and they were eventually dispersed.
The video of that incident shows a peaceful scene during the rainy season, with people gathered saying they wanted answers to their questions on children’s consent to immunizations.
According to the province, those 13 and older “are given the opportunity to consent to the vaccination themselves.”
The spokesman said the protesters served with notices of liability to the board’s office and three principals.
Later on Friday, the school district sent letters to parents saying all schools would be locked down by Monday. Outside doors will be closed, and those wishing to enter will have to call ahead for an appointment.
“This means that students will not be able to exit the building and enter the building,” the letter said.
“If at any point you need to enter your child’s school, please contact the office and the administration team will be able to assist you.”
The letter also states that the district is working with the RCMP to keep the protests at bay.
soon after, social media It was lit up with people arguing about the protesters going to the schools.
Many commentators shared the opinion that schools were not the proper venue for such protests.
Granthshala News has contacted RCMP for more information.
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