Saskatoon teen charged with threats at Evan Hardy

A 16-year-old Saskatoon boy has been charged after what police describe as online threats to allegedly fellow students at Evan Hardy Collegiate.

Police allege staff and students at the Acadia Drive high school were threatened

A 16-year-old Saskatoon boy has been charged after what police describe as online threats at Evan Hardy Collegiate. (Jennifer Quesnel/CBC)

A 16-year-old Saskatoon boy is charged with threatening to kill a fellow classmate at Evan Hardy Collegiate.

Police received a tip about internet messages "of a threatening nature" on Sunday evening. 

On Monday, police working with school resource officers visited the high school and were able to identify the boy they believe is responsible for the threats. He was pulled from class, and police arrested him.

At the same time, police said “there is no evidence at this point in the investigation that a threat to safety was imminent.”

"Concerning remarks"

In a letter to all students' parents Monday, Evan Hardy principal Paul Humbert said the "concerning remarks" were made in an online forum, and were reported to police by a concerned parent. 

"The school is following the threat assessment procedures laid out in the Community Threat Assessment and Support Protocol," wrote Humbert. "We want to reassure you that students and staff members are safe at the school."

The boy cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Still in custody

During the boy's initial appearance before a judge in Saskatoon this morning, in Crown prosecutor Marianne Friesen opposed the 16 year-old's release, saying she needs more information about the case before she can consent to allowing the boy to be released on bail.

Neither of the boy's parents attended his court appearance, although the boy's grandfather sat through the proceedings.

The boy will remain in custody until Wednesday morning.