Police stationed at several schools following bomb threats in Brampton

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Published October 5, 2023 at 8:37 am

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Parents and students can expect to see an increased police presence at six schools in Brampton after bomb threats were made online this week.

Peel Regional Police (PRP) say investigators were made aware of threats on Monday (Oct. 2). Police say posts on various social media platforms included bomb threats targeting several schools in Brampton.

A police spokesperson declined to comment on which schools were named in the posts but multiple reports say the schools are Bramalea Secondary School, St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Notre Dame Secondary School, Holy Name of Mary Catholic Secondary School, North Park Secondary School and Louise Arbour Secondary School.

Police have confirmed that there will be officers on-site at the schools as a precaution and investigators are working alongside the Peel District School Board and the Dufferin Peel Catholic School Board to ensure student safety.

At least four of the schools were also on a list circulating on social media last March related to threats of a gunman coming to “shoot them up.”

A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were each charged with one count of uttering threats in that incident, which also led to police officers being stationed at those schools as a precaution.

The new school year has barely begun and already there have been several incidents leading to hold-and-secure orders or full lockdowns of schools in both Brampton and Mississauga.

Cawthra Park Secondary School in southeast Mississauga was locked down last Wednesday after the father of an allegedly bullied student showed up and roamed the hallways for unknown reasons.

And just two days earlier one school was put into lockdown and four others were placed on hold-and-secure orders after a possibly armed male was seen in Brampton.

Anyone with information about the threats or these incidents can contact Peel Regional Police by calling 905-453-3311. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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