Saint John Teen Arrested After Online Threats Against School

Police in Saint John arrested a 17-year-old on Monday after they allegedly made online threats toward students and staff at Harbour View High School.

A release says officers received a complaint late Sunday morning of an anonymous person who sent threatening and disturbing messages to several students through an unnamed social media platform.

Police were immediately in contact with school officials and the Major Crime Unit was called in to investigate.

The force later arrested a 17-year-old youth for uttering threats.

They were released on conditions, including not attending Harbour View High School.

The teen will appear before a judge on July 13.

Michael Butler, principal of Harbour View High School, wrote an email to families Sunday to make them aware of a social media post that had been circulating.

Butler followed up Monday morning to confirm the person involved had been identified, and that the Saint John Police Force would be at the school through the morning out of an “abundance of caution and support.”

“All threats to our school are taken seriously – and when we are made aware of a threat in any form, we work with law enforcement to investigate fully,” wrote Butler in the email.

“The earlier we know about a potential threat, the earlier the investigation can begin.”