‘Threatening images’ prompt OPP presence at Corunna school

142

Lambton OPP say a threatening image drawn on a wall prompted a police presence at Sir John Moore Community School.

Tuesday, OPP were called to the Corunna school after an alleged threatening messaging. Police now say it was drawn on a school wall.

OPP investigated and found there was no immediate threat to student or staff safety the Lambton-Kent District School Board said at the time. It also “enhanced” safety measures including having a police presence on site.

“No charges are being laid in relation to the drawing and it has been deemed that there is no imminent threat to the public or students,” said OPP Const. Travis Parson in an email to The Independent.

But the incident gave many parents a cause for concern. Social media sites in Corunna were filled with parents saying they would keep their children home because the board did not provide enough information about the incident.

Board officials said there were more student absences at Sir John Moore than usual Wednesday, but an official count was not immediately available.

As for the concern about lack of information, Caress Lee, the board’s public relations officer, said in an email; “The board released the most important information, which is that there was no threat to students or staff at the school.

“We work with our local police departments and entrust them to run thorough investigations. When the investigation was completed, parents and guardians were notified immediately.”