Thursday, July 18, 2024

OPP investigating multiple bomb threats at schools across Eastern, Northern Ontario

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Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating multiple bomb threats across parts of Northern and Eastern Ontario.

In a media release, police say “the threats targeted multiple schools under multiple school boards and other facilities, demanding payment.”

As a precaution many targeted schools and facilities have been closed while the investigation continues.

OPP did not immediately indicate where in Eastern Ontario the threats occurred, however parents of students in the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario received emails stating that the board has recently learned of a threat against French Catholic schools in the province.

“The Board consulted swiftly with police who were able to share that the threat was not directed at our board or to English Catholic boards in the province,” the email states.

However, out of an abundance of caution and on the advice of the OPP, the board placed all schools in a hold and secure.

The Cornwall Police Service issued a tweet stating that they are “aware of the current situation involving the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO) and are working collaboratively with schools.”

Cornwall police say they recognize “the seriousness of these situations, however the police service will not be disclosing information regarding the schools. For that information, please contact your school or the school board directly.”

In their release, OPP also urged parents to contact school boards directly for more information.

In addition to local officers, the OPP Cybercrime Investigations Team is engaged in this investigation.

OPP remind readers that “the public is always encouraged to report any suspicious activity that could be a risk to public safety.”

 Anyone with information is urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

This is a developing story, and Brockvilleist will continue to provide updates as they are made available.

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