Police & Fire

New Brunswick school threats a hoax, say police

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Edmundston Police Force confirmed this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 31, that the threatening calls received that morning at the Police Force call centre, which led to the closure of all schools in the District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest (DSFNO), were indeed hoaxes.

“Our investigation has shown that there was never a real threat and we can confirm that it is a hoax. The investigation is now revolving around acts of public mischief,” said Edmundston Police Inspector Steve Robinson in a press release Wednesday afternoon.

The Edmundston Police Force was conducting an investigation after receiving two calls early this morning indicating that an armed individual intended to go to a school. After consultation with the authorities of the DSFNO, officials decided to close all the schools in the district and the administrative offices because of potential risks.

According to the latest press release, police officers continue to interview people who may be able to identify the person or persons responsible for the calls. In fact, the police force is asking for public assistance in case someone has information that would lead to the person or persons responsible for causing this distress in the community.

In light of this information, the school district confirms that all schools and administrative offices will be open tomorrow, Nov. 1.

Director Luc Caron says the priority is always the safety of students and staff.

“We are relieved by the outcome and would like to thank the parents for their understanding. Every school is ready to welcome and accompany students and staff members tomorrow,” Caron said.

In the press statement, Robinson said the Edmundston Police Force reassures parents that traditional Halloween trick-or-treating can be held as planned today with complete peace of mind.

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