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OPP investigating threats made to students at local elementary school

KAWARTHA LAKES-Kelly Williams says police and the school board are not doing enough to protect students after some allegedly received a death threat from a fellow student. (Name has been changed to protect the identity of the child)

“I want it taken seriously that someone has threatened to do this to his peers.” Williams told Kawartha 411 News. “Get the kid some help, let’s not try and sweep this under the rug and hope it goes away. God forbid we look back on this a couple weeks down the road and say something happened that is really devastating and we didn’t do anything about it.”

According to Williams it all began last Wednesday when a student was suspended from Ridgewood Public School in Coboconk. On the school bus the student allegedly became angry about other kids who he thought had “sniched on him” and threats were made against the school and students according to Williams.

A video threat was also allegedly posted to Instagram and later removed.

The Trillium Lakelands Disctrict School Board (TLDSB)would not confirm this citing privacy issues but says they take all threats seriously.

“While we will not discuss anything about a particular student or situation, please know that the safety of all our staff and students is our first priority.” Catherine Shedden, Corporate Communications, TLDSB told Kawartha 411. “We have safety protocols in place as well as a Code of Conduct policy outlining conduct expectations. Our staff support prevention, intervention, and response to any unacceptable behaviour.”

It’s unclear if the board called police. When asked specifically the board would not answer that question.

“Incidents are responded to appropriately as may be called for in a particular circumstance.”

Whan asked to clarify what conditions would prompt a call to police the board stated,

“We contact the police when we think there is a viable threat to or by a student, or when we feel there is a safety concern that has impacted a student in a way that needed to go above and beyond the school. The principal of the school will work directly with their superintendent to discuss the situation, and decide when further action needs to be taken.” explained Sinead Fegan, TLDSB.

Williams however did call police. She says she was initially told the plan was to move forward quickly with charges but that has since changed and no charges have been laid. The student was reportedly suspended for a week and will be back in the class room next week.

“I’m nervous about putting my child on the bus or sending my child to school, I’m nervous about walking on the street.” Williams says. “Who knows what repercussions are going to happen to any kid that can be perceived a target for speaking up.”

When asked about the incident this morning Kawartha Lakes OPP told us they were waiting to hear back from TLDSB. They later responded saying:

“The City of Kawartha Lakes detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is currently investigating allegations that one student threatened another.” said OPP Constable Carrie Lanning in a press release after Kawartha 411 requested more information.

“I will do what I need to do to make sure children are safe at school.” Williams says.  “The school board is useless, they seem more interested in protecting the bully, the tormentor instead of the kids that are being harassed and terrorized.”

The investigation is on-going at this time.

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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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