13-year-old student arrested after online threats force Newmarket school to close

A York Regional Police officer and cruiser. File / Global News

York Regional Police say a 13-year-old student has been arrested after making “Columbine 2.0” threats on social media regarding Clearmeadow Public School in Newmarket, Ont.

Posts made on Facebook threatened a mass shooting at the school.

York Region District School Board said as a precaution Clearmeadow PS would be closed Wednesday. Students and staff switched to remote learning for the day.

Police said no one was injured and there were no weapons found.

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Due to the age of the accused, under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, the young teen cannot be identified.

YRDSB said the school will reopen on Thursday.

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“We have confirmed with York Regional Police that there is no threat to the school and regular operations will resume tomorrow,” the school board said in a statement. “There is also no cause for concern or additional safety measures beyond those already in place at other school locations.”


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