Teen charged after ‘potential threat’ made to Mississauga school
Katherine DeClerq, CTV News Toronto
Published Tuesday, November 20, 2018 1:11PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 20, 2018 7:35PM EST
A teenager has been charged in connection with what police have called a “potential threat” made against a secondary school in Mississauga Tuesday morning.
Peel Regional Police said they were made aware of a threat posted to social media against St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School, which is located near Glen Erin Drive and Erin Centre Boulevard, around 7:30 a.m.
School Resource Officers attended the school and a 14-year-old boy was taken into custody. The boy, police said, was a student at the school.
No weapons were located, police said.
Students told CTV News Toronto the threat was made on Instagram.
“He said that he was going to hurt me and he was going to try to hurt my family members and some of my friends,” one of the students said.
A friend told a guidance counsellor about the social media post and the police were called.
Administration notified parents of the incident using the school’s messaging system.
“This morning, school administration became aware of a social media post indicating a possible threat against our school,” the message reads. “We are working with Peel Regional Police, who are currently investigating the matter. Police have assured us that it is not necessary to take any additional precautionary measures at this time.”
The boy, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, has been charged with uttering threats and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on an undisclosed date.
Police said there is no danger to the school or the surrounding community.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact officers with the Neighbourhood Policing Unit at 905-453-2121 ext. 1105 or to reach out to Crime Stoppers anonymously.