THUNDER BAY – Hammarskjold High School is currently on a Hold and Secure following another anonymous threat.
Hold and Secure means that the doors are locked and students will continue to learn in their classrooms.
Thunder Bay Police are currently on the scene.
Lakehead Public School Board reports: AS A PRECAUTION from a threat received against Hammarskjold High School, the following schools are also placed in Hold and Secure: St. Pius X School, Gateway, Bishop E.Q. Jennings Senior Elementary School, Corpus Christi Elementary School, St. Bernard Elementary School, Algonquin PS, CD Howe PS and Gron Morgan PS.
The threat is currently being investigated by Thunder Bay Police Services, and the regular dismissal is anticipated with the Hold and Secure precaution to be lifted by the end of the school day.
We appreciate your understanding during these circumstances, as our students and staff are always our priority.
There are two rewards currently offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the ongoing threats at the school.
Thunder Bay Police continue to investigate threats to Hammarskjold High School. Police received anonymous information on six separate occasions this year specifically targeting the school. In each case, school administration and the public were notified of the threats.
The threats ranged from planned shootings, to possible explosives. The information provided required police to quickly respond to the school to ensure public safety. Each response included extensive searches of the building.
In each instance, no evidence was found in the building or grounds relative to the threats. The outcomes of these searches were shared with school officials who then took action regarding the status of the school as they deemed appropriate.
The investigation as to the source of these threats has been challenging given that they are anonymous. A tip line has been setup and the Thunder Bay Police encourage anyone with information on these incidents to come forward and assist investigators. The tip line number is 684-5001.
Threats to students and staff at our schools are taken very seriously and require a thorough response by police. These ongoing incidents require a large number of resources and cause a great deal of concern for students, teachers and parents. We are asking for the public assistance in furthering the investigation.
If you know something, say something. Call the Thunder Bay Police special tip line at 684-5001.