Teenager Arrested for Threatening Message

Police attend Walkerville Collegiate Institute, April 24, 2014. (Photo by Maureen Revait).

A 15-year-old boy is in police custody after allegedly making a serious threat to the safety of students and staff at Walkerville Collegiate Institute in Windsor.

The school was in lockdown for approximately two hours this morning as police searched the school. “I’m not really a scared person so I was just sitting there,” says student Alysha Zilinski. “But my friend she was on Twitter and I guess there was this threatening message saying that someone was going to come shoot up Walkerville.”

Sergeant Glenn Gervais says the threat made over social media was taken very seriously by all involved. “I consider it a credible threat when you have to lock down 900 students in the school to the point where the students have to take evasive action, the staff has to take evasive action and you’ve basically inconvenienced and scared 1,000 people over the last two hours. As we were going from classroom to classroom you could see the fear in the students’ faces.”

The boy was arrested off campus at a home in the 1500-block of Bruce Ave. No word yet what charges the teen may face, but police say there is no longer a threat to public safety.

Students at Walkerville Collegiate returned to classes in the afternoon.

With files from Adelle Loiselle.