2017-11-29

No charges anticipated in school threat hoax in Chester Grant

by Keith Corcoran

Police don't expect charges will be laid in relation to a threat of a shooting at a Chester Grant school earlier this month that turned out to be a prank.

In a recent email to LighthouseNOW, Lunenburg district RCMP Staff Sgt. Stephen MacQueen indicated he doesn't anticipate any allegations will be filed with a court. He's not saying why.

"Because no charges are being laid I can't comment further."

Police were contacted after a custodian at Forest Heights Community School found a note November 3 indicating there would be a shooting.

Law enforcement maintained a visible presence at the school while investigating the matter as a precaution to help students and staff feel safe, but police were confident at the time there was no reason for concern and no threat to any nearby schools.

RCMP eventually confirmed the shooting threat was a hoax.

"I understand this has caused great stress to our students and their families. As the situation developed, the principal took the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the students. This is our first priority," Scott Milner, the South Shore Regional School Board's superintendent of schools, said in a statement.

In the online post, Milner committed to better communication.

"Providing accurate and timely information to lessen speculation and rumour needs to be a priority in these situations. I recognize completely the concern parents felt at not only FHCS, but at Chester District School and Chester Area Middle School. Going forward, I will ensure information is released in a timely fashion."

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