Doors at Abbotsford Senior briefly locked after nearby police incident

Shelter in Place order given 'out of an abundance of caution' as police respond to nearby incident

Doors and windows were briefly locked Thursday afternoon at Abbotsford Senior Secondary, Abbotsford middle school and Godson elementary school as police dealt with a police incident in the vicinity.

The brief “shelter in place” was initiated after police got a call of a dispute between a father and son at a house in the 32800 block of Bevan Avenue.

The adult son pulled a knife during an argument in which his father was kicking him out of the house, according to Sgt. Judy Bird.

The shelter in place was lifted approximately 15 minutes after its initiation, once the suspect was in custody, she said.

The school district issued the following statement, just before 12:30 p.m.:

“The Abbotsford Police Department notified the Abbotsford School District of a person of interest within one of our school catchments. Out of an abundance of caution, we have placed the following schools on a Shelter In Place status: Godson Elementary, Abbotsford Middle School and Abbotsford Senior Secondary. All students and staff are safe.

“A Shelter In Place status means that a short term measure is enacted to protect students and staff from environmental or weather related emergencies. Windows and exterior doors are closed and locked, including portables.

“We will update you as the situation changes.”

Gym classes had resumed on the fields outside of Abbotsford Senior by 12:45 p.m.

It has been just over two weeks since the fatal stabbing of a student on Nov. 1.