West coast teen gets pro­ba­tion for threat­en­ing to shoot up school

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COR­NER BROOK, N.L. — A west coast boy convicted of threat­en­ing to shoot up a school with an AK-47 has been placed on pro­ba­tion for 12 months.

The sen­tence was handed down by Judge Wayne Gor­man in provin­cial court in Cor­ner Brook on Oct. 18.

The teenaged boy, whose iden­tity is pro­tected un­der the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, was convicted of ut­ter­ing threats and ex­tor­tion in Septem­ber.

The school in ques­tion was not iden­ti­fied in Gor­man’s writ­ten de­ci­sion on the sen­tenc­ing, nor in his pre­vi­ous de­ci­sion on the boy’s con­vic­tion.

The boy made the threats while at Mar­ble Moun­tain af­ter he and a friend, who was also charged with ut­ter­ing threats, ap­proached a num­ber of teens sit­ting at a ta­ble in the ski lodge.

The boy used the phone of one of the teens to call an­other teen. He claimed the teen owed him money be­cause he had dam­aged his vape.

Dur­ing the call, he threat­ened to beat up the teen and bring an AK-47 to shoot up the school.

The au­thor of a pre-sen­tence re­port com­pleted for the court said the boy has ex­pressed re­morse over his ac­tions, but needs su­per­vi­sion and guid­ance both from the adults he re­sides with and through a court order man­dat­ing the con­di­tions.

The boy has a youth court record and was also placed on pro­ba­tion for 12 months in May of this year.

He ac­knowl­edged he has made poor choices in the past year and that he did not think about the con­se­quences of his be­hav­iour at the time.

His goal now is to not get into any more trou­ble with the law and to do well in school.

The re­port in­di­cated the boy also rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of following the con­di­tions of his pro­ba­tion order and has been suc­cess­ful do­ing so.

Be­cause of the boy’s age and the re­cent steps he has taken to im­prove his be­hav­iour, Gor­man con­cluded a pe­riod of pro­ba­tion for 12 months was the ap­pro­pri­ate sen­tence.

The Crown has since with­drawn the charge against the sec­ond youth.

Adam Sparkes, the se­nior Crown at­tor­ney for the western re­gion, said in an email the charge was with­drawn af­ter con­sid­er­ing and as­sess­ing the ev­i­dence in the convicted boy’s mat­ter.

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