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No credible threat found at Newmarket's Sacred Heart high school (Updated)

Letter from high school principal says it learned of "inappropriate remark" that raised concerns about school safety
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York Regional Police were on site for several hours Thursday, May 9, investigating a student threat. Supplied photo/Facebook

Updated 3:15 p.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic High School principal Olga Ferro sent parents notifcation this afternoon that "an inappropriate remark was overhead in our school community that raised concerns about our school’s safety. Please know that we have been in contact with York Regional Police who have investigated this matter. York Regional Police have determined that no credible threat exists."  

"The well-being of all of our students and staff is our top priority and we are committed to a safe learning environment at our school," Ferro wrote. "We take safety matters very seriously at Sacred Heart and will continue to address all concerns professionally throughout the school year."

Original story

York Regional Police have been on site at Newmarket’s Sacred Heart Catholic High School for the past several hours investigating a threat made by a student, Const. Andy Pattenden said.

Many worried parents posted comments May 9 on a local Facebook group saying they had heard the Lemar Road school was in lockdown.

Const. Pattenden said he is not aware of a lockdown at Sacred Heart.

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Earlier today, some parents began posting comments that they received text messages from their children saying the school was in lockdown due to a threat from a student.

Around noon, parents began to post that they had spoken with their children and that while the “students are in shock, they are OK”.

“Police are still at the school, classes have continued,” one parent wrote.

The York Catholic District School Board could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.




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