Police investigating threats at three N.B. schools
Published Wednesday, March 16, 2016 1:06PM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:24PM ADT
Police in New Brunswick are investigating threats made Wednesday at three different schools in Saint John, Fredericton and Riverview.
The principal at Riverview High School says the school received an anonymous threat around 11:30 a.m. and that students and staff remained in class while the RCMP investigated.
Students were not evacuated from the school and classes were not disrupted.
"A search of the school was done with the RCMP and the personnel of the school and nothing was located, nothing suspicious was found," said Sgt. Andre Peppin of Codiac RCMP.
In Fredericton, students were evacuated from Devon Middle School to a safe location after the school received a bomb threat at 11:30 a.m.
Police cleared the building and students were dismissed at 1:30 p.m. Investigators in Fredericton say they have determined the call to be a hoax.
"Scary, it's so scary,” said Fredericton parent Rachel Sockabasin. “You don't want to have to send your kid to school and have to deal with that.”
Police in Saint John also responded to a report of a bomb threat at Forest Hills School around 11:30 a.m.
Students and staff were evacuated from the school and police and school officials conducted a thorough search of the building.
Police say nothing suspicious was noted and the threat was deemed to be unfounded. Students and staff returned to the school without incident Wednesday.
Saint John Police confirm the call was a computerized message, warning about a bomb in the school.
Spring Park School in Charlottetown also received word of a threat made at 11:37 a.m.
There were also reports of bomb threats at schools in Bangor and Portland, Maine, Holyoke, Mass., Hampton, N.Y., Fairfield, Conn., and in New Hampshire.
Police say it is too early to speculate whether the incidents are connected. Officers and the schools themselves say until all the information is shared between the various agencies, there’s no way to connect the dots.
Police believe the calls were automatically dialed into individual schools.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Laura Brown.