The following is a transcript of the formal statement given by Det. Sgt. Jay Finn at the press conference held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 regarding the threats made to local schools in late 2018.
On December 5 and 6, 2018 several local schools in the Algonquin & Lakeshore District School Board and the Limestone District School Board were placed into lockdown and hold and secure emergency protocols after receiving phone threats from an unknown person. The Kingston Police investigated the threats and determined that no actual danger existed to any of the schools involved. However, the threats did cause a significant impact on school operations, students and staff, and police resources.
The investigation into the source of the threats continued with Kingston Police working in cooperation with police agencies in the United Kingdom and United States. As a result of the ongoing investigation, the Kingston Police have reasonable grounds to believe that a young person who resides in the United Kingdom was responsible.
The Kingston Police allege that the young person involved has committed the following offences: seven counts of public mischief, and seven counts of uttering threats. The Kingston Police are in the process of seeking a warrant for the arrest of the young person. There are no plans in place to extradite the youth. The warrant will be in place in order to effect an arrest should the youth travel to Canada. As in Canada, the youth cannot be named under United Kingdom law.
Kingston Police will continue to work with our local school boards to help ensure the ongoing safety and security of the schools, students and staff members.
Furthermore, it’s the goal of Kingston Police to maintain a safe community at home, work, and school and all public places in our city.
The Kingston Police understands that a sense of personal safety is a major component of everyone’s 1quality of life in the city of Kingston, and Kingston Police strives to accomplish this every day.