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Wellington OPP investigating social media threats made against CWDHS

OPP were made aware of threats Wednesday night; school remains open

FERGUS – Wellington OPP have increased their presence around a local high school after social media threats were made online.

OPP confirmed they are investigating threats made against CWDHS. A press release from Wellington OPP noted they received information of “a threat of violence” against CWDHS around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday. 

A social media post of a screenshot from a Snapchat message posted online read: “Tomorrow at 11:12 I will shoot up cwdhs with a glock 23 I’m done with the stress of the community has put on me.”

Const. Joshua Cunningham, media officer with Wellington OPP, could not verify if this is what investigators are looking at but confirmed it is “referencing something similar to that.”

OPP are working in conjunction with the UGDSB to investigate the source of the threat. 

Heather Loney, UGDSB spokesperson, said staff were made aware of the threats last night and immediately informed police. 

“Few details are known at this time about the origin of the message or the identity of who posted it,” Loney said via email. 

Loney said the school remains open but students will stay in their classrooms today and staff will minimize the number of students in hallways and washrooms. 

Additional board staff and the board’s crisis response team are also on hand today along with the increased police presence to provide support. 

This incident comes in the same week as Guelph police investigated threats made on a bathroom wall at College Heights Secondary School. 

A teen was arrested but charges were not laid in that incident. 

There was also a shooting at a Michigan high school where four teenagers were killed on Tuesday.

This story will be updated.


Keegan Kozolanka

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Keegan Kozolanka is a general assignment reporter for Elora, Fergus and rural Centre Wellington.
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