Threat connected to teacher attire controversy prompts evacuation of Hamilton, Ont. high school

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Hamilton high school evacuated Thursday due to bomb threat
WATCH ABOVE: As Catherine McDonald reports, the email threat was related to a controversy surrounding a teacher and gender identity – Sep 21, 2023

A secondary school on the east Mountain in Hamilton, Ont., was evacuated Thursday morning after a bomb threat was emailed to the school and multiple media outlets, including Global News.

The threat referenced the teacher attire controversy that erupted at an Oakville high school last year.

Police say Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School on Upper Sherman Avenue was emptied as a precaution and the service urged residents via social media to stay out of the area.

Tom Fisher, principal of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) facility, said in a letter to parents that the potential bomb threat arrived shortly after school opened Thursday morning.

Nora Frances students and staff were evacuated to Ray Lewis Elementary School before both schools were dismissed at 1 p.m. due to the ongoing investigation.

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Last month, the school issued a memo to parents and guardians in the school community advising that an “experienced educator who will be teaching at Nora Frances Henderson this September, was recently the subject of public attention, pertaining to their gender expression, while teaching at a school in a different community.”

Const. Indy Bharaj confirmed Thursday afternoon that Hamilton police determined there was no threat of any bombs on the premises and that students will return to school as typical on Friday.
The investigation is ongoing.


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