Po­lice take threats ‘very se­ri­ously’

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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

VIN­CENT BALL/THE EX­POS­I­TOR

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.

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