Charges laid after threats received by multiple schools in southwestern Ontario

Police in southwestern Ontario have laid several charges against two people after a number of threats were made against schools in the region.

On Thursday, Middlesex OPP said they responded to a call about a threat at North Middlesex High School. According to police, a student showed a staff member what looked like a bomb threat on social media.

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The school day was already over and any students still left on the property were asked to leave, officers said.

In an update Friday afternoon, police announced further investigation had determined the threat was a hoax, adding one person had been charged with two counts of Mischief. Their identity could not be released as they are underage.

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Meanwhile, police in Sarnia have laid more than a dozen charges against a 28-year-old Toronto man in connection to a string of threatening phone calls received by Sarnia schools on Wednesday.

According to police, various public and Catholic schools in the city received calls laced with threats and obscenities directed at the school official on the phone. The calls began around 11:30 a.m. and continued for some 45 minutes, police said.

After learning the calls came from the Toronto area, Sarnia police say they requested the assistance of Toronto police in the case.

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On Thursday, Toronto officers took a 28-year-old man into custody. He was later transferred back to Sarnia where he faces five counts of criminal harassment and 11 counts of uttering threats.

The accused remains in custody and was awaiting a bail hearing as of late Friday morning, police said.

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