Possible School Attack Averted

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 4:21 p.m. December 7, 2016
Updated: 4:27 p.m. December 7, 2016

Acting on a tip, Toronto police officers may have averted an attack at a school on the anniversary of the murder of 14 young women at L’Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989.

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13 Division station, located at 1435 Eglinton Ave. W., at Allen Rd.

Following a search warrant executed by Emergency Task Force members at a residence in 13 Division, a 17-year-old boy was arrested on December 5 and charged with uttering threats of bodily harm and uttering death threats.

He appeared in court on December 6.

Detective Sergeant Paul Qureshi said the boy allegedly made specific threats of violence in a blog posting.

“He listed specific things he would do to cause harm at the school and he made mention of the Montreal massacre,” said Qureshi, of the threatened attack on Oakwood Collegiate Institute at  991 St. Clair Ave. W. 

The Service’s Computer Cyber Crime officers established that the computer where the post originated belonged to the Toronto District School Board.

“We were able to ascertain that a specific student had used the computer to send the disturbing message,” Qureshi said.

Police seized a number of items at the boy’s home while executing the search warrant. They included a machete, hatchet, swords, knives, computers and a cell phone.

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