St Pats and Westgate Threat Originator Determined

(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service continues to investigate recent threats made to St. Patrick and Westgate High schools.
As a result of an investigation, which included members of the TBPS Cyber Crime Unit, the location of the originator of this threat has been identified and it has been determined that there was no actual safety risk to the public.
Police were originally made aware of a potential threat that was posted on Snapchat after 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 10. The snap featured a photograph of what appeared to be a rifle with a caption “watch out Westgate”.
The complaint was immediately handed over to the Service’s Major Crime Section and officers continued to investigate.
The next morning Police learned of a second post featuring a similar photograph and caption, which appeared to direct a threat toward St. Patrick High school. Further investigation determined the post was consistent with a threat targeting that school.
The Thunder Bay Police Service’s Cyber Crime Unit and various other police resources have been used to advance this investigation.
Police would like to remind the public that threats of this nature will be taken serious by police and the origin of these threats will be thoroughly investigated. Charges may be laid even if no threat was made but the intention of the post was to cause mischief.
Police would also like to remind parents to have a conversation with their children about posting responsibly on social media.
Source: TBPS

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