Nova Scotia

3 teens charged after alleged gun threat at school

Three teenaged boys in Cape Breton face weapons-related charges after a female student said she'd been threatened with a gun at school.

Three teenaged boys in Cape Breton face weapons-related charges after a female student said she'd been threatened with a gun at school.

The incident happened at an undisclosed junior high school in the Sydney area, said Charles Sheppard, the co-ordinator of school services for the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board.

"The girl reported it to her mother, who reported it to the police, who then came to the school and reported it to the school that this had taken place," he told CBC News on Thursday night.

"We've never had that happen. This is the first time."

Two 15-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the incident and one handgun was seized, said Cape Breton Regional Police Staff. Sgt. Robert Walsh.

"One's been remanded to the Cape Breton County Correctional Centre and the other two are in police custody," he said Thursday.

One of the 15-year-old boys has been charged with uttering a threat to cause death, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and failure to comply with an undertaking.

The second 15-year-old boy was charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, weapons trafficking and failure to comply with an undertaking.

The 16-year-old boy is being charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

All three accused — who are all students at the same junior high school — are scheduled to appear in youth court in Sydney on Friday.

"It can happen in our own backyard. We see it on the news, it happens in the States a lot and in the bigger metropolitan areas," said Sheppard.

"We never think it's going to come to this small city but we have to be cognizant of that. Anything can happen."

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