OPP called to investigate fights, online threats involving Medway High School
Middlesex County OPP have been called to investigate a series of alleged fights and threats involving several students at Medway High School in Arva.
According to a release issued by police on Thursday, officers responded to a report of an “altercation” on Tuesday, November 9, just before 2 p.m. at the school located on 14405 Medway Road.
An investigation into the incident revealed the reported incident took place off school grounds however, police say they continue to investigate the matter.
The next day on November 10, at around 8:20 a.m., the OPP said officers were following up on another investigation when they notified about a second alleged fight involving Medway students.
No other details about the incidents have been provided from police as the investigation is ongoing. Middlesex OPP said more information will be released when it becomes available.
In a letter sent out to families late Wednesday by Medway’s principal Greg Howard, he acknowledged the school was aware of the incidents and that police were involved. In his letter, Howard wrote that a total of five male students and three female students are said to have been involved in the fights. He also said a report of a threat to the school was also posted on social media, possibly by a student.
“This incident was reported to police who investigated and identified no threat to student or public safety,” Howard said in his letter. “This incident was not related to the two physical altercations.”
Howard added that several unsubstantiated rumours were also sparked by social media but have been since been investigated and deemed untrue.
“The school and the police have investigated all of these cases, and parents and guardians of the individuals involved have been contacted and consequences have either been imposed or are forthcoming,” Howard said. “We have received tremendous support from parents and community members, including students coming forward with names and videos to assist the office in holding accountable the individuals involved in these incidents.”
School officials at Medway said they will continue to address any concerns that may come up.
“Student safety, mental health and well-being remain our paramount concern” Howard said.
Those with information or concerns can send a report anonymously to the Medway Cares feature on the Thames Valley District School Board website. Anyone with knowledge about the fights are also encouraged to contact police at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).