Police take threats ‘very seriously’
Investigation is continuing after someone called Brantford Collegiate Institute on Wednesday and made a threat that caused Brantford police to evacuate the Brant Avenue high school.
The call was made at about 2:30 p.m.
Const. Shane Seibert said Thursday he can’t comment on the nature of the threat.
But it was serious enough that police put the school on a “hold and secure.”
Police officers searched the school floor by floor. As each floor was cleared, students were allowed to leave through the gymnasium exit near the football practice field. Police officers were stationed at the front and rear of the school and the police canine unit entered the building after it was emptied.
On Tuesday at about 4:30 p.m., officers were called to Assumption College in response to another report of threats being made.
A 21-year-old former Assumption student is facing charges of uttering threats that caused police to evacuate that school.
Police say the man made a general threat that wasn’t directed at any particular staff member or student.
When officers arrived at the Shellard Lane high school, they evacuated more than 100 students, staff, parents and others, many of whom were there for a Brant County high school boys volleyball game. Also evacuated were about 10 children from the day care attached to the school.
The suspect was arrested in the area, off the school property.
“We take these incidents very seriously,” said Seibert.
“This is not a joke or a prank. We treat it as credible until proven otherwise.”
Seibert said there is a possibility Wednesday’s incident could be the result of a “copy cat.”
“When there is one incident, there can sometimes be another,” he said.
The suspect in the Assumption incident was in court for a bail hearing on Wednesday.
Seibert said police were at BCI for a couple of hours on Wednesday.
He said some parents questioned why an emergency response team vehicle was called to the scene.
Seibert said the team was out doing a training exercise at the time of the call and “went to the school to help.”
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact police at 519-756-7050 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
This is not a joke or a prank. We treat it as credible until proven otherwise.” Const. Shane Seibert
On Wednesday, Brantford police officers were stationed at the front and rear of Brantford Collegiate Institute during a "hold and secure" after a threat was made.