Youth charged for threat to school

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On the morning of Friday, October 22, 2021, officers from the Upper Ottawa Valley (UOV) detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began investigating after the principal of a local high school reported threats to the safety of the school had been made on social media by a student.

Responding officers took a youth into custody as a result of this investigation.

Further investigation found that the youth was involved in a separate trespassing incident during the nighttime hours of October 20-21, 2021 at a residence in Pembroke.

As a result of the investigation, a 15-year-old from Pembroke was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) and Youth Criminal and Justice Act (YCJA) charges:

· Uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm – two counts

· Trespassing at night

· Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose

· Forcible entry

· Fail to comply with sentence – three counts.

The accused was released on conditions to a parent with a court date of November 25, 2021 at the Youth Division of the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke. 

Meanwhile, also on the morning of October 22, 2021, officers began investigating after the principal of a local elementary school reported threats to the safety of a student and the school had been made on social media.

Investigating officers identified a 14-year-old youth from Laurentian Hills as being responsible for the threats.

The youth was formally cautioned under the Youth Criminal and Justice Act (YCJA) and their parent was notified.

“The OPP take all public safety threats seriously. Police and school officials continue to work together to support students and staff to ensure a safe and productive learning environment.”

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