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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Five Youths Charged After Threats Made To Schools

Orillia | by Ian MacLennan  

The suspects are between 12 and 17 years old.

Five youths are facing charges after threats to schools were posted on social media.

OPP Sgt. Peter Leon says the threats were made in the days after the Florida high school massacre, and involved elementary and secondary schools in the Tottenham and Collingwood area, as well as the area overseen by the Barrie OPP detachment.

The suspects, aged 12 to 17, are charged with uttering threats, and all but one were students at the schools they're accused of threatening,  and the other was a former student.

A sixth person was not arrested because the individual was too young to be charged.

Leon says it was the violent nature of the posts, some that included pictures,  that caused the OPP to enter into an investigation.

He says it's important for young people and parents to realize that law enforcement takes these threats very, very seriously, and if it happens during school time,  police work with school officials to maintain the safety of staff, students and administration in that school.

Leon says in light of recent events that have taken place stateside,  whenever police receive a threat of a violent nature an investigation is launched.

And he says where and when necessary police will hold individuals accountable for what they have posted.

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