RCMP arrest 16-year-old after threats made against schools in Selkirk, Winnipeg
Parents left on edge by automated division-wide phone call warning of threat
Police have a young man in custody in connection with threats made against students at schools in Selkirk and Winnipeg through social media on Sunday.
RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Paul Manaigre said a 16-year-old boy, who is known to police, was found Sunday evening and police are not looking for any other suspects.
The threats were made against Kildonan-East Collegiate in Winnipeg and the Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School in Selkirk.
A threat was made on Snapchat around 5:15 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Parent Chris Downey called police after his 17-year-old daughter, who attends school in Selkirk, showed him a screen grab of the post, which said: "I guess I'm going back to jail tomorrow I'm going to kill someone …"
A second post, sent out shortly after that one, said: "Don't know how much people I am going to kill tomorrow."
Downey said the person who posted the threat is a student at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School.
Parents of students at the school were alerted about the threat through an automated call from the Lord Selkirk School Division just before 8 p.m.
Many of them, including Downey, then took to Facebook to spread the news.
Lord Selkirk School Division superintendent Michele Polinuk wouldn't confirm the threat was made by a student in the division.
Counsellors will be available to students on Monday, but the division won't close any schools for the day, she said.
The Winnipeg Police Service released a statement Sunday night that said the incident is being actively investigated and in its early stages, so no further information would be released.
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