Threats against Brantford high school continue despite arrest

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At least two new Instagram accounts have been created in support of the teen who threatened violence at North Park Collegiate and Vocational School in Brantford.

The account “northparkshooterz” claims the 13-year-old boy arrested on Wednesday had “good intentions,” promised a hit list and “Revenge for” the accused.

Brantford police have been contacted about the accounts by concerned parties.

On Friday, Brantford Police Service issued a press release about the new threats.

“BPS is working closely with staff & students at NPC & the GEDSB after a second concerning Social Media post appeared,” read a tweet from the official @BrantfordPolice account. “Anyone with information is encouraged to speak to parents, teachers, school officials or police.”

The major crime unit is investigating the new threats and is pursuing information regarding the identity of the person responsible for the post.

The major crime unit began an investigation on Tuesday, Dec. 12 after being alerted to the first message which mentioned North Park Collegiate and Vocational School and threats of violence against specific people at the school. The message, posted to an Instagram account, was shared by some on Facebook and suggested an incident would take place in January.

High school resource officers and detectives continued their investigation on Wednesday and spoke with students connected to the threats and who had information about the social media post.

At around 10:40 a.m., a 13-year-old male was arrested at the high school on North Park Street for threatening.

“The Brantford Police Service does not take these sorts of communications which include threatening content as juvenile-type pranks,” said Const. Natalie Laing. “The safety and security of the community is paramount.”

“The BPS continues their investigation working closely with and appreciates the full cooperation from the principal and the staff at North Park Collegiate as well as the Grand Erie (District) School Board during this investigation.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sgt. Gary Swift of the major crime unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 2274 or Detective Chad Francis at 519-756-0113, ext. 2272.

Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477, 1-800-222-8477 or submit a tip at http://www.crimestoppers-brant.ca.

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