Police in Niagara Region say alleged social media threat directed at schools ‘unsubstantiated’

Niagara Regional Police say they are investigating a post circulating on social media platforms suggesting violence from a youth attending schools on April 20, 2022. Don Mitchell / Global News

Police in Niagara Region are diffusing reports of alleged violent threats in social media posts involving a pair of teenagers and a number of local schools.

Detectives say they became aware of content on Tik Tok and Snapchat Wednesday suggesting a youth might injure others with a weapon.

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“At this time there is no evidence to suggest the validity of this post,” investigators from Niagara Regional Police’s (NRPS) Cyber Crime Unit said in a release.

“There is no known threat to the public, including teachers and students within our educational institutions.”

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NRPS revealed the messages of concern came from a 14-year-old high school student who admitted to posting them on Snapchat after hearing a rumor from a friend.

A fellow 16-year-old high school student was also identified and located by police, and alleged to have heard the same unsubstantiated rumor.

No arrests are expected in connection with the matter, NRPS say.

Anyone with information can reach out to detectives at 905-688-4111, extension #1023300 or with Crime Stoppers of Niagara.

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