Teen charged in connection with Halloween school threats

The Edmundston Police Force says a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with threats that led to the closure of all schools in the District scolaire francophone du Nord-Ouest (DSFNO) on Halloween.

Police say the teen appeared in Youth Justice Court this afternoon and is charged with two counts of criminal acts of public mischief.

He was released on a number of conditions, including refraining for using electronic equipment to access the internet, and to return all his electronic devices, including cellphone, computer, and tablet, to the Edmundston Police Force.

The first call on October 31st came in at 5:34 a.m. by a man who said that his son's friend intended to go to Edmundston's Cite des Jeunes A.-M.-Sormany high school with a rifle.

The second anonymous call at 6:15 a.m. indicated that a male youth was carrying a rifle in a guitar case.

Police later determined the threats were a hoax.

Edmundston Police say they're continuing their investigation.