Upper Ottawa Valley OPP lay two charges against man in relation to Valour School lockdown
PETAWAWA – A 19-year-old Petawawa man has been arrested and charged in relation to an incident on Wednesday that caused a ‘hold and secure’ at Valour School.
Colton Blair Clark, 19, of Petawawa, has been charged with mischief that obstructed, interfered or interrupted the lawful use and operation of a property, and with personation with intent to avoid arrest, prosecution or to obstruct justice.
He was held for a bail hearing on March 1 at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke at which he was remanded into custody and will again appear for a bail hearing on March 2 at 9:30 a.m.
What prompted the hold and secure at the school was said by Jonathan Laderoute, communications manager with the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB), to be an online threat on social media against a student at the school.
On Thursday afternoon, the OPP released a statement about the incident.
“The threat concern, communicated on social media to a student, has been deemed unsubstantiated by police and there was no known threat to public safety,” the released said.
The incident began at about 7:25 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 28 when police were made aware of a threat directed to Valour School. Police immediately responded to the school and began an investigation. The school initiated a hold and secure and buses enroute to the school with elementary students were diverted to the Petawawa Civic Centre as a safety precaution.
Laderoute said parents were contacted directly and were invited to pick up their elementary-aged children from the Civic Centre.
Secondary students remained at Valour while the RCDSB informed parents that they were permitted to pick up their children at the school.
Valour resumed its regular schedule the next day, Thursday, March 1.
Police said they are not seeking any further suspects in relation to this incident at this time.
With files from Celina Ip