Police investigate online threats to student

Eastern School District officials called the police on Tuesday after students at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School in Charlottetown complained about online comments allegedly made by another student.

Eastern School District officials called the police on Tuesday after students at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School in Charlottetown complained about online comments allegedly made by another student.

On Monday, several students told a guidance counsellor at the school that they felt one of their friends was being harassed on Facebook and MSN Messenger.

Sandy MacDonald, the superintendent of the district, said the students were asked to print the conversations.

"We started looking at them. We got a little concerned," he told CBC News.

"We want the police to have a look at them because it starts out in the conversation as two kids getting into a verbal altercation and it escalates into some very, pretty serious name calling."

Charlottetown police are investigating the incident and the student in question has been asked to stay home until the investigation is complete.

The parents of the other students involved have been contacted.

MacDonald said the school board was concerned the conversation may be seen as a threat by other students or students who were exposed to the exchange.

"Implied threats, 'I'm going to beat you up and I'm going to punch you out and I'm going to kill you' and all those types of things that you hear kids say all the time in terms of the school yard, except these were said over the internet," MacDonald said about the alleged threats.

He said the board's management feels the school is safe and Queen Charlotte Intermediate School will continue to operate as normal.