northwestern ontario school board grappling with string of anonymous threats - smart board in school

by:ITATOUCH     2019-07-07
northwestern ontario school board grappling with string of anonymous threats  -  smart board in school
A school board in northwest Ontario began posting school work online so that students would not fall behind due to confusion.
A spokesman for lakeside public schools in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The committee also works with social and mental health staff to ensure that students are supported.
Bruce newkint said police have received 13 anonymous threats since the medium term
February, including today.
Most of them are targeting an institution, Hammarskjold High School.
In 11 cases, he said, the threats led to the closure of schools, and schools nearby were often put on hold temporarilyand-
Safety as a precaution.
The remaining two incidents caused a shutdown or holdand-secures.
The threats affect the school's board of directors, as well as the functioning of parents and the community as a whole, said newkint.
"This is a completely unknown area for us and I don't think anyone has it," he said on Monday . ".
"We can't do any kind of planning in the long term or in the short term.
This is what we have to deal with every day recently.
"Local and provincial police are investigating these threats, which they say are entered by a tipping system that prevents crime, involving warnings about suspicious packages and school shootings.
The Lei Wan police said some urged investigators to treat the threats as a scam, but the police must take each threat seriously. -Insp. Ryan Hughes.
"If we have done this, one of the threats is real, and there is a shooting in the school, and I don't want to be involved," Hughes said . ".
He said the incidents are currently under investigation as a public prank in the form of misleading police to conduct false investigations.
The investigation is taking up a lot of police resources and pulling the police out of other cases, Hughes said.
At the same time, officials were unable to share the details of the investigation, which exacerbated parents' frustration, he said. "(They're)
Wondering what we are doing, the problem is that we can't discuss a lot of what we are doing because if we have a thread that we are following up on, he said: "We don't want to scare away people who are doing it. ".
At the same time, no measures can be taken by the school board to prevent or anticipate threats --
It can only respond to them, Nugent said.
"What we can do as a board of directors is to ensure the safety of our students and staff. . .
Because that's the only thing we can do.
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