Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Teenager accused of threatening attack on Toronto school on massacre anniversary

The Toronto Police Service has charged a 17-year-old boy for allegedly threatening to attack Oakwood Collegiate Institute, with fears he might have acted on the 27th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre.

Detective Len Nicholson said Wednesday that on Dec. 1 someone in the United States tipped off the force about a threat, directed at a Toronto school, on a blogging site.

Nicholson said the Montreal massacre — the horrific killing spree of Dec. 6, 1989 — was mentioned in the alleged threat, a detail that made the police’s investigation more urgent.

On that day in 1989, 14 women at École Polytechnique de Montreal — 13 students and a school budget clerk — were murdered by gunman Marc Lépine, who committed suicide following the attack; four men and 10 women were also wounded.

Lépine’s suicide note claimed feminists ruined his life; however, Nicholson said there was nothing gender-specific included in the blogging site threat.

Toronto police sourced the blog post back to a computer belonging to the Toronto District School Board itself; the school board’s IT security unit was then able to figure out where the computer was and who was using it, Nicholson said.  (more...)

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