Hamilton Police make 4th arrest in series of violent school threats; 14-year-old charged
Published June 10, 2022 at 3:34 pm
Hamilton Police announced a fourth arrest Friday (June 10) in relation to a series of school threats throughout the city.
The latest arrest involves a 14-year-old male from Hamilton — charged with “utter threat to cause death or bodily harm” after Saltfleet Secondary School was targeted.
While police didn’t explicitly connect the events locally to the school shooting in Uvalde, at least ten Hamilton schools received threats of violence soon after the events in Texas, where 21 elementary students and teachers were killed by a gunman on May 24, 2022.
Hamilton Police say they “recognize the importance of school safety and how a threat of this nature can be difficult for students, staff and their families” and “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 where a suspect is identified.”
Monday, a 17-year-old was charged with uttering threats and mischief under $5,000 after a bomb threat was made toward St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School. The threat indicated that a bomb would be detonated at 10:30 a.m. the following day.
A 19-year-old man was charged on June 3, 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 as a precaution.
On June 2, a 14-year-old female was charged with mischief after threats were made toward St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising