Hamilton Police investigate shooting threat written on bathroom stall at Bishop Tonnos Secondary

Hamilton Police are investigating a potential threat to students and staff at Bishop Tonnos Secondary school. Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board

Hamilton Police confirmed they are investigating a message found on a bathroom wall at Bishop Tonnos Secondary in Ancaster, Ont., threatening a shooting at the school later this week.

School administrators were alerted on Friday to the alleged threat, which suggested a shooting would take place on June 3.

“Hamilton Police was immediately contacted and have informed us that uniformed officers will be present at the school on Friday June 3,” principal Carmelo Barone told guardians in a letter sent on Monday.

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Barone also notified families of a separate, unrelated incident in which a video surfaced showing a Bishop Tonnos student loading an apparent air-soft BB gun.

“No threat was made in the video, nor was the school mentioned,” Barone wrote.

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“The weapon, which Hamilton Police have confirmed is a BB Gun, was not brought to the school.”

A letter distributed to families and guardians after staff at Bishop Tonnos Secondary in Ancaster discovered a shooting threat on May 27, 2022. HWCDSB

Hamilton police confirmed to Global News they are investigating both incidents and do not believe there is a legitimate threat to students and staff at the school.

“Police will be speaking with potential witnesses and reviewing camera surveilllence within the school,” Bharaj said in an email.

“We ask anyone with information to come forward.”

The matter comes just days after 19 students and two teachers were fatally shot at an Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Barone assured parents in his note that the matter “remains our priority” and that the threats are being “taken extremely seriously.”

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Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board chair Pat Daly echoed those sentiments in his own comment.

“I want to commend the staff at Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary and Hamilton Police for their prompt response and commitment to the safety of our students and staff,” Daly said in an email.

Barone and local investigators say anyone with information can contact the school or police.




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