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Threat Regarding CRHS

Information Regarding Threat to Charlottetown Rural Senior High School

Charlottetown Police Press Release
Issued Friday, October 16, 2009:
Charlottetown Police Investigated Persons of Interest in Internet Threat Against Charlottetown Rural High School
Charlottetown Police have identified one person of interest in an internet shooting threat made against a local school on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. One male youth from the Charlottetown area has been questioned in relation to the case and police have seized one computer system. “We can confirm that it was a hoax and there was no real intent to carry through with the threat that was made,” said Deputy Gary McGuigan. Police are conducting a forensic exam on the seized computer and are considering criminal code charges of uttering threats. The investigation is ongoing.
Eastern School District Release
Friday, October 16, 2009:
We believe Charlottetown Rural is a safe environment for students and staff.
There will be regular classes on Monday, October 19, 2009. Counselling support for students will continue to be available.
As a safety measure, Charlottetown Police Services were present at the school on Wednesday the 14th of October. The school was not operating under lockdown conditions as reported in the media.
The Eastern School District will continue working with police until the investigation is complete.  The Charlottetown Police will carry on with their regular patrols at all of the Eastern School District schools. Computer systems and chat lines are not anonymous and can be tracked by police authority.
The Eastern School District will review and analyze the incident at Charlottetown Rural Senior High School with staff and police personnel.
Release Issued October 14, 2009:
The following statement was made to staff and students at Charlottetown
Rural on October 14, 2009 at the beginning of the school day. This statement is in response to a threat made on Facebook.
  "The school is working with police regarding a threat made on Facebook yesterday. The matter has been taken seriously in the investigation by police and by the school. This threat appears to have been made by a fictitious character. It is not a threat against any specific person. School will operate as usual. We believe the school is a safe environment for students and staff."
It is expected that the school will operate as normal on Monday, October 19.
If additional information becomes available it will be provided on the school and Eastern School District websites and through the media.