School District 72 released the following statement this morning:
“We have been informed by Campbell River RCMP that an individual exposed themselves to two elementary students near Penfield Elementary School. The students were not physically harmed and were able to get safely to the school where they reported the incident.
“It is our understanding that RCMP have a person of interest in custody and that this incident is unrelated to a similar episode that occurred near Timberline Secondary in September.
“Parents/guardians are asked to please share this information with your child(ren) and instruct them to call 911 immediately or report the incident to their school principal should they ever experience a similar encounter. For safety, it is also always advised that they walk to and from school with a friend.
“School administration at Timberline, Penfield, Sandowne, Georgia Park and Southgate will be talking with students as soon as possible about this incident given their schools’ proximity to where this occurred.
“As this is a police investigation, the school district cannot provide further information or comment.”