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Police Investigate Social Media Threats at a Burlington High School



Police Investigate Social Media Threats at a Burlington High School

All is well at a Burlington high school after social media posts had Halton police investigating on Friday morning.

“We are 100 per cent satisfied there was no threat whatsoever,” said Det.-Sgt. Ron Hansen.

It began with a “very innocuous” SnapChat message on Dec. 14, said Hansen.

The Snap morphed into an alleged threat involving a shooting at M.M. Robinson High School, at Guelph Line and Upper Middle Rd.  

Officers were sent to the school to “alleviate any concerns so that the kids can feel comfortable,” said Hansen.

An reader said there was buzz about the posts during a Christmas concert at the school on Thursday evening.

“Last night school administrators became aware of social media posts of a threatening nature,” reads a letter sent to M.M. Robinson High School parents from principal Claire Proteau and superintendent of education John Pennyfather.

It went out at 10 a.m.

“The sources of these social media posts are unknown at this time.”

Police were immediately contacted, the letter continues, and “classes are in progress and the school day is continuing as normally scheduled.”

This isn’t the first time Halton police have had to probe social media posts involving high school students.

A similar situation sent officers to Oakville’s St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School on Dec. 6, and Georgetown’s Christ the King Catholic Secondary School on Oct. 22.

“Unfortunately, it creates some panic and fear,” said Hansen.

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