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Ontario boy, 13, charged with plotting to bomb his school

By Salim Jiwa     Jan 16, 2010 in Crime
A 13-year-old elementary school student from Courtice has been charged with possession of explosives and threatening to cause death or bodily harm. The boy had written a note outlining his plans, police said.
COURTICE, Ontario – A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after his mother found a note about his intentions to harm himself and other kids at his school.
Police said the boy took explosives to his school.
Police also recovered home-made bombs from the boy who is a student at the Dr. G.J. MacGillivray Public School in Courtice.
The plot was discovered by the boy’s mom who called police when she found a note written by the boy.
Police were called on Wednesday at around 1:20 p.m. when the school noticed the boy was absent and called his mother. At the same time, she discovered a note in her home.
“The mother of the child called police because she found a note at home indicating her son was going to hurt others at the school,” Durham Regional police said.
“Officers attended the school and the residence in Courtice and reviewed the note. At the school, officers secured several locations while searching for weapons or explosive devices. Nothing was found and the lockdown was lifted,” police added.
“While interviewing the mother at the Courtice residence, the 13-year-old suspect returned home. He was arrested without incident and officers found a pellet gun and a small knife concealed on his person, and explosive devices were recovered from the residence,” said the cops.
Police said later it appeared the boy had changed his mind about going through with the plot to hurt his fellow school children.
The boy is now charged being a common nuisance, possession of explosives with intent to cause damage and two counts of possession of weapon dangerous to public peace as well as threatening to cause death or bodily harm.
He appeared in court on Friday.
Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Youth Officer PC Swaine of the East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520 ext.1687. Anonymous information can be sent to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
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