Hanover Police have charged a suspect in connection with the JDSS threats of
violence incident that occurred on June 10th.
A 16 year old Hanover male youth has been charged with “Uttering Threats” in
connection with the JDSS threats of violence graffiti incident.
Deputy Chief George Hebblethwaite says the youth was arrested and charged on
Saturday and has since been released to a guardian.
Hebblethwaite credit’s the arrest to a combination of good police work and
strong tips that came in from the public both anonymous and direct.
Because of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, Police will not be releasing the
name of the youth.
The Hanover Police Service would like to thank the community, in particular
the school authorities, parents and student for their support and assistance in
bringing this unusual case to a safe conclusion.
On June 10th, Police were called to the school after staff
discovered graffiti written on the wall of the boys washroom, threatening to
shoot up the school on June 13th.
The rest of the week there was a strong police presence in the school as
police investigated every tip and lead.
Hebblethwaite says it was labour intensive, but all of that hard work paid
After speaking with investigators, Hebblethwaite says investigators have
a sense that the youth that has been charged with “Uttering Threats” did not
realize how serious the threat was and the ramifications that come with it.
He says it is now a matter for the courts to decide the outcome.
JDSS Principal Andrew Riddick is very pleased with the hard work of police
and says they were positively received by staff and students.
After a very stressful few weeks, Riddick says JDSS students are finishing
the school year off with some closure on the matter.