Threats against schools | Two more teenagers arrested in Gatineau

Two other teenagers have just been arrested in Gatineau in connection with threats against several schools. Police also sent a clear message to the youth on Friday: by making such gestures, they expose themselves to multiple charges that could affect their near-term future.

Posted at 12:12 p.m

Henri Ouellette-Vezina

Henri Ouellette-Vezina
The press

The Gatineau Police Service (SPVG) confirmed Friday that it had arrested another teenager attending Versant High School last Wednesday afternoon. Shortly afterwards, on Thursday afternoon, a teenager was also arrested for threats, this time made against the Érablière high school.

Earlier this week, a first teenager, who also attended Versant School, was arrested Tuesday night after receiving a report of threats.

Like the first young person arrested, the two teenagers were met by investigators and then released with a promise to appear in the juvenile unit to answer threats. A number of conditions were also imposed on them prior to their appearance, which they had to comply with.

In a sign that the file could be larger and that more arrests could be made, Gatineau police also report that “four other files involving threats against other schools” are being investigated at the level of its territory. Investigations into threats against the island’s high school were already underway on Wednesday.

In the next few days, the Gatineau police promise to “remain present near the affected schools, but also near all educational institutions” to ensure the safety of students.

“future trap”

In a public statement on Friday, the Gatineau Police Department also issued a very “explicit” message to young people: The information contained in a juvenile register — the criminal record — “remains accessible to authorized persons for periods varying from a few months to several years each.” as a consequence, even if the data subject reaches the age of majority during this period of accessibility”.

For a young person, this accessibility can become a “possible pitfall for the future” or even “complicate” or “frustrate” his/her efforts to find a police job or study with such requirements.

In this case, making a threat doesn’t count as a premeditated crime, police say. “Even if the action is done for the purpose of jest, or the words are said without real intention, if the utterances made evoke a feeling of fear or anxiety, the act is deemed to have been committed,” it states.

Anyone with relevant information related to these files is asked to contact the SPVG at 819-243-4636, option 5. Confidential and anonymous treatment can be guaranteed.

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