Police & Fire

Edmundston police arrest teen for school threat calls

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — The Edmundston Police Force arrested a 15-year-old teenager Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the threatening calls received on Halloween that led to the closure of all schools in the District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest (DSFNO) and caused anguish in the community.

Fortunately, both calls proved to be a hoax, said Edmundston Police Force Director M. Alain Lang via a press release Wednesday, but the force investigated to find the person or persons responsible.

The suspect appeared before the Youth Justice Court this afternoon, where he faced two charges of criminal acts of public mischief. The court released him on the condition that he refrain from using electronic equipment to access the internet and surrender his electronic devices, including his cellphone, computer and tablet, to Edmundston police.

The youth will appear before the Youth Justice Court on Dec. 5 to record his plea.

Luc Caron, executive director of the school district, said he was relieved at today’s news.

“I thank the police and all those who contributed directly or indirectly to the investigation,” he said. “Although relieved, I am sad that it is a minor who is involved. This is certainly not the path that an educator or family wants to see a young person take and we hope that he will receive the necessary help.”

Because the case is pending in court, the district will provide no further comment.

According to the press release, the name of the accused will not be revealed because he is a minor.

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