Nanaimo RCMP is investigating after a 16-year-old student posted a threatening picture and message on social media aimed at the school he attends.
RCMP were notified of the post on Wednesday evening, and Cst. Gary O’Brien says steps were taken so the 16-year-old didn’t attend school Thursday morning.
Instead, the teen was brought to the Nanaimo RCMP Detachment by one of his parents to admit to his actions.
O’Brien also noted there was another, very similar threat to a different Nanaimo school by an 18-year-old student.
“This incident was not in any way related to the incident reported on Wednesday, April 12th where another student was arrested for uttering threats. In fact, this 16-year-old male had not even heard of the prior incident.”
Nonetheless, O’Brien says they dealt with both incidents in a similar way.
“Different schools. They had the same approach. They both promoted violence and it was quite disturbing – enough that the school took the action it did and we certainly support that.”
He says the RCMP don’t take threats of this nature idly.
“Youth must be responsible and accountable for their messages on social media. Any message that promotes violence, whether considered to be an off the cuff remark or for shock value, will not be tolerated. The consequences of doing so can be swift and may result in serious ramifications.”
An investigation into the 16-year-old’s actions is ongoing.
Meanwhile, in the 18-year-old’s case, O’Brien says he has been charged as an adult. His name has not been released.