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Anglophone-West School District warns of social media threats

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3 high schools in Fredericton experiencing ‘student activities of a threatening nature’
ABOVE: 3 high schools in Fredericton experiencing ‘student activities of a threatening nature’ – Oct 27, 2019

Three Fredericton-area high schools sent letters home with students on Friday, warning of threatening messages and videos circulating on social media.

The letters were sent to students at Oromocto High School, Fredericton High School and Leo Hayes High School, stressing that the schools are “committed to the safety and security of all our students.”

A copy of the letter obtained by Global News does not provide details on what prompted the mass communication with parents.

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However, the letter says that the schools are aware of messages and videos posted on social media “related to student activities of a threatening nature.”

The letter states the incidents have taken place both on and off school property at some of the high schools in the Anglophone West School District.

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“Please be assured that your child’s safety is our highest priority,” the letter reads.

“Appropriate measures and actions are being taken to maintain a safe and secure school environment for students and staff.”

A copy of the letter distributed to students on Oct. 25, in Fredericton, N.B. Provided

David McTimoney, superintendent of the Anglophone West School District, said that the district has experienced an increase in fighting this past week, with the belief that it’s connected to the threats.

“It’s something that we would always discourage and always react to,” said McTimoney.

“Our administration team is working at trying to ensure that any of the problems that seem to be existing among kids is worked towards to find some kind of resolution.”

The schools are encouraging parents to talk to their children over the weekend about safe and responsible practices at school.

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They also say that parents should ask their children to refrain posting or sharing the videos and messages on social media in order to prevent rumours or worries in the community.

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The Fredericton Police Force say they are aware of the information that has been circulating on social media.

“We are in contact with the schools and the district administration to ensure the safety of all students,” wrote Alycia Bartlett, a spokesperson for the police, in a statement.

“We take this kind of thing seriously and encourage anyone with knowledge of any criminal activities — and concerns about weapons — to contact police immediately.”

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