Arrest made in Hamilton bomb threat; 3rd arrest in 4 days linked to school threats

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Published June 6, 2022 at 1:40 pm

Arrest made in Hamilton bomb threat; 3rd arrest in 4 days linked to school threats
The Hamilton Police Service announced a third arrest in the last four days related to threats directed at 10 different schools across the city.

The Hamilton Police Service announced a third arrest in the last four days related to threats directed at 10 different schools across the city.

Police said Monday that a 17-year-old has been charged with uttering threats and mischief under $5,000 after a bomb threat was made toward St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School last Thursday. The threat indicated that a bomb would be detonated at 10:30 a.m. the following day.

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A 19-year-old man was charged Friday with two counts of uttering threats to cause bodily harm after threats were directed at Westdale Secondary School. The threats resulted in the school’s closure on Friday as a precaution.

A 14-year-old female was charged with mischief last Thursday after threats were made toward St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School.

“Hamilton Police recognize the importance of school safety and how a threat of this nature can be difficult for students, staff and their families,” said the service. “Police take incidents like these extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with the school boards to help identify the individuals responsible and lay the appropriate criminal charges when suspects are identified.”

While Hamilton Police didn’t explicitly connect the events locally to the school shooting in Uvalde, the sudden spike in threats began soon after the events in Texas, where 21 elementary students and teachers were killed by a gunman on May 24, 2022.

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