Teen acquitted of threats at high schools
Matters solved by peace bonds instead
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threats at two high schools in the St. John’s area, causing one of them to go on lock-down last spring, saw his charges withdrawn Thursday.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.