A 19-year-old local man has been arrested after making social media threats about having a weapon while parked at Bayridge Secondary School.
On February 26, 2018 the victim was in attendance at Bayridge Secondary School when the accused began threatening him over social media. The accused was not a student of the school but was known to the victim. When the victim asked where he was, the accused messaged that he was in a vehicle in the school parking lot with a weapon. The victim immediately notified school staff and police were called.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. officers responded to the high school as it was put into a hold and secure. Nearby Bayridge Public School was also placed in a hold and secure as a precautionary measure. The accused was not on school grounds and officers attended a residence on Owens Crescent where the accused was located and arrested.
The accused was transported to Kingston Police headquarters where he was held to attend a bail hearing the following day.
Further investigation revealed the accused had made social media threats to harm another student two days earlier. At that time, there was no mention of a weapon.
The accused was charged with two counts of uttering threats to cause death.
Kingston Police and the school board want to ensure the public knows that threats, whether made directly (in person) or indirectly (text message, social media platform, etc.), will be taken seriously and investigated. Everyone should be aware that uttering threats can result in severe consequences, including arrest and criminal charges.