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Two Thunder Bay Students Arrested in School Threats

Two Thunder Bay Students Arrested in School Threats Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: April 18, 2019 04:34 PM

Authorities have charged two students after a series of threats led to numerous closures of a Thunder Bay high school, and say more charges are expected.

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An 18-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy are accused of using Crime Stoppers to submit multiple tips about threats at Hammarskjold High School that turned out to be unfounded.  The school has been closed for numerous days in the past few months, most recently for four school days in a row beginning Thursday, April 11.

The 18-year-old was arrested Wednesday after police were able to connect her to a device that had been used to submit tips on April 8, 9, 10, and 16.  Police said the threats ranged from planned shootings to possible explosives, and each threat lead to extensive searches of the building.

The 14-year-old is accused of submitting tips on April 11 and again Wednesday.

"The anonymous threats against Hammarskjold have been extremely unsettling and disruptive to the school. In all instances, the Thunder Bay Police Service has responded with an abundance of caution, with students and staff safety being always our number one priority," Police Chief Sylvie Hauth said at a news conference Thursday.

Police say other schools have also been threatened, but Hammarskjold has received the most threats.

The 18-year-old is charged with three counts of Public Mischief Reporting Offence and three counts of Mischief Interference with Lawful Use of Property.  The 14-year-old is charged with four counts of Public Mischief Reporting Offence and four counts of Mischief Interference with Lawful Use of Property.

Both suspects appeared in court Thursday and were released with conditions, police said.

Hauth said officers will continue to be present at the school as a precaution when classes resume after the Easter weekend.  Police said they are continuing to investigate and expect that more charges will be filed.

Lakehead Public Schools and numerous other groups have been offering a total of $15,050 in rewards for the capture and conviction of those responsible.  A dedicated tip line is set up at 807-684-5001.

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