Teen ac­quit­ted of threats at high schools

Mat­ters solved by peace bonds in­stead

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A teenager who was charged in con­nec­tion with threats at two high schools in the St. John’s area, caus­ing one of them to go on lock-down last spring, saw his charges with­drawn Thurs­day.

Julio Ribeiro, 19, was in the court­room as the charges against him — ut­ter­ing threats against staff and stu­dents at Prince of Wales Col­le­giate, ut­ter­ing threats against a spe­cific fe­male via the so­cial me­dia site In­sta­gram and breach­ing court or­ders — were dropped. The court heard the sit­u­a­tion had been set­tled by way of peace bonds in­stead.

Ribeiro is or­dered to have no con­tact with ei­ther of the vic­tims and must stay away from them.

Ribeiro had en­tered a guilty plea to one of the court or­der breaches and a not guilty plea to the charge re­lated to Prince of Wales Col­le­giate be­fore the mat­ter was set­tled.

Ribeiro was al­leged to have shown up at the school in March and threat­ened one of the stu­dents. He was ar­rested and re­leased on con­di­tions. A month later, Holy Heart High School — and sub­se­quently other schools in area — went into safe mode af­ter po­lice re­ceived a call from staff re­port­ing a fe­male stu­dent had been re­ceiv­ing per­sonal threats from Ribeiro over In­sta­gram. RNC of­fi­cers were able to track Ribeiro’s lo­ca­tion and ar­rested him hid­ing in a gas sta­tion park­ing lot on Logy Bay Road af­ter he ran from his house.

Ribeiro was de­nied bail when he orig­i­nally ap­plied, but bail was later granted upon a re­view. His lawyer, Shel­ley Se­nior, told the court her client is sig­nif­i­cantly de­vel­op­men­tally dis­abled and she was con­cerned for his well-be­ing in prison.

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