BCI students return to class but Brantford police continue to investigate threat to school

Updated  Thursday Nov., 8, 8:45 a.m.

By Justin Lethbridge


BRANTFORD- City police investigated an incident at  Brantford Collegiate Institute (BCI) putting the Brant Avenue secondary school in a precautionary  hold and secure status while they investigate Wednesday, Nov., 7.

Police said on November 7, 2018 at around 2:30 pm. the Brantford Police Service launched an investigation into the incident  after the school received an anonymous phone call with a threat to the school.  Brantford Police responded to the school which was still occupied by students and staff. The school was placed in a hold and secure while Police conducted an investigation and evacuated the occupants to a safe location.

Police said they take these types of incidents “very seriously.  This incident will be fully investigated and appropriate charges will be filed if applicable.”

Brantford Police are continuing to investigate this incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Police at 519-756-7050 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


Brantford Police blocked all entrances to Brantford Collegiate Institute Tuesday. (Photo by Justin Lethbridge)

Social media posts from parents  said a “bomb threat” was called into the school. The actual threat has not been confirmed.

Police were at doors leading into the school since just after 2:30 p.m. . All students and staff were evacuated. School officials said they cannot comment on the incident.

The incident comes less than 24 hours after police charged a former Assumption College student with making a threat that caused an evacuation at that school Tuesday.

The  21-year-old man has been charged with making a threat.

Police were at the school after  school staff reported a former Assumption student  had come to the school and threatened staff and students.

Police  evacuated the 150 students, staff and others in the school. A Brant County high school boys’ volleyball game had been scheduled.

Police said  the school was secured and people in the building were ordered to the gymnasium. In the gym  staff secured all the exits and told everyone to find safe places. Some hid under bleachers.

Police said the suspect was found  in the area and arrested without incident and charged with uttering threats.

Police escorted everyone from the building. The school was re-opened at about 4:30 p.m.

Brantford Police are continuing to investigate the BCI incident and anyone with information is asked to contact Police at 519-756-7050 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.


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