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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

School Threats on the Rise

Regional | by Phil DeLand  

OPP say threats to schools in Simcoe and York are on the rise.

Police say threats to high schools in Simcoe County and York Region are on the rise since the Parkland Shooting.

Since the February 14th shooting in Florida, authorities have responded to eight incidents in Nottawasaga, Collingwood, Barrie and New Tecumseth.

All but one of those incidents resulted in arrests.

In late February, police charged a New Tecumseth boy with with weapons dangerous, uttering false messages, mischief and uttering threats.

That incident involved the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School where the principal would later describe it as an exaggeration or joke.

Authorities say things of that nature are not a joking matter.

OPP Acting Staff Sgt. Peter Leon said the threats often include threats of bodily harm, images of guns and references to “doing something terrible” on a certain day.

He's urging parents to talk to their children about the severity of these cases and adding that prison time is possible.
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