A teenager who used to live in Airdrie, just north of Calgary, has been charged with uttering online threats relating to his former high school.

Airdrie RCMP said on Tuesday that they received a complaint on Aug. 19 that a 16-year-old male had threatened to harm students at George McDougall High School when the school year resumed in September through online MSN messages.

The teen went to junior high school in Airdrie, but had moved to B.C. about a year ago, said police.

RCMP officers in B.C. executed a search warrant at a rural home in the Kootenays region on Saturday, seized a personal computer, and arrested the teen.

"It should be noted that when RCMP investigators searched the residence in question, they did not find any weapons consistent with the male suspect being able to carry out the alleged threats that he made," said the RCMP in a news release.

The 16-year-old suspect has been charged with one count of uttering threats and was released on strict conditions that prohibit him from:

  • Using a computer or any electronic device that emulates a computer.
  • Accessing the internet for any purpose.
  • Possessing firearms, ammunition, weapons, explosives.
  • Leaving his property without being accompanied by his parents.
  • Leaving the province of British Columbia for any reason.

Airdrie RCMP emphasized that there was no reason to believe schools in the city were under any safety risk, and that they were in regular contact with high school administrators from the beginning of the investigation.

The teen is scheduled to appear in Rossland Provincial Youth Court on Sept. 11.