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Social media threat targets Niverville Collegiate

Suspect in custody after Snapchat posting

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 04/8/2019 4:04 PM

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Hanover School Division said in a notice on its website Monday afternoon that Niverville Collegiate was placed in hold and secure mode, after a threat was made against the school. Shortly after 4 p.m., parents were allowed to pick up their children and regular bus service resumed, after RCMP declared the school to be safe.

A suspect is in custody, the division said in a notice on its website.

"I won't comment on whether or not this was an NCI student," HSD superintendent Randy Dueck told The Carillon.

"It was less than an hour between when we contacted the RCMP and when the suspect was apprehended," he noted.

Dueck said the threat was made on Snapchat and involved an image of individual holding a gun.

"It was a threat to the school and it was not time specific but it did mention something would happen this week," Dueck said.

Classes are expected to resume as normal tomorrow. Counsellors will be on hand for students who need to talk or debrief, the division said.

Update 4:11 p.m.: Adds information about end of hold and secure mode, arrest of suspect.

Update 6:39 p.m. Adds comments from HSD superintendent Randy Dueck.




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