17-year-old arrested for allegedly threatening high school

A 17-year-old has been arrested for allegedly uttering threats to “cause death or bodily harm” after police say they received a threat “towards” Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI).

The boy is not being named by police because he is a minor. The school was closed for an hour this morning while the building was searched, police said. The OPP’s canine unit was involved in the search. Police said they had “received information in regards to a threat” just after midnight on Wednesday, January 25.

A statement from the Upper Canada District School Board said the school was closed this morning at the request of the police, and was reopened by 8:35 a.m. It said counselling will be available for students and staff, and that both the school and the board are “cooperating with Ontario Provincial Police who are continuing their investigation into this matter.”

Police said the accused was held for a bail hearing on Wednesday.

The school, in a Facebook post early Wednesday morning, said all school buses and vehicles coming to the school were being redirected to Pleasant Corners Public School (PCPS).

The spokesperson for the OPP said Wednesday afternoon he could not provide more details about the nature of the alleged threats, or say whether the accused is a student at VCI. This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

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