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Monday, June 24, 2019

Teen Charged In Hanover School Threat

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Charges have been laid in a graffiti threat to shoot up the school.

A major new development in the Police investigation into the graffiti threat
to shoot up the JDSS school early this month.

Hanover Police have charged a male teenager for uttering threats related to
the June 13th, JDSS shooting threat.

Principal Andrew Riddick welcomes the news saying it is bringing back a sense
of calm to the school.

Hanover Police Services will be issuing a news release this afternoon with
more details.

Riddick has nothing but high praise for Hanover Police Services, saying their
presence in the school the week of the threat was positively received by
students and staff.

He credits Police for a job well done, saying the school and police worked
well together during this very trying time.

Riddick says news that a youth has been charged in connection with the
threat is providing the school with closure before students break for
summer and the 96 year old school closes its doors for good at the end of the
week.

JDSS students will be moving into a new school located on the east side of
Hanover in September, as the current school is prohibitive to repair.

Riddick also credits students, staff and parents for working with the school
during the very stressful event, saying the lines of communication were always
open.

As for youth charged, assuming he is a student of JDSS, Riddick says there
will be some school based consequences, but he says the bigger issue will be the
charges through the courts.

JDSS students are writing exams this week and wrap the school year up on
Thursday.

On June 10th, staff were alerted to some graffiti written on a
wall in the boys washroom containing threatening language to shoot up the school
on Thursday the 13th.

Police were quickly brought in, school attendance plummeted the entire week,
especially on June 13th when approximately only 15% of the student
body came to school.

 

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