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Anonymous threats keep closing Thunder Bay high schools

Tuesday's threat marks the fifth in two weeks; there have been 10 threats made since school year began

THUNDER BAY -- An anonymous threat has led to the closure of both Hammarskjold High School and Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute. 

Lakehead Public Schools, in a release issued on Tuesday morning, said buses will return students home and all efforts will be made to open both schools on Wednesday. 

This is the tenth time an anonymous threat has been received against Hammarskjold this school year, the fifth time in the past two weeks. It's the first threat received against Superior. 

Students at Superior said they were surprised to learn Tuesday morning that their school was the subject of an anonymous threat. 

"We didn't think it would happen here," said Grade 12 student Jill. "They just said get out, we gotta go."

Frustration is mounting for students at Hammarskjold who say they just want to go to class. The Lakehead Public School Board said there are no plans to extend the school year at this point to make up for the lost days. 

But students at Superior are worried that more anonymous threats will be directed at their school like Hammarskjold. 

"I just want to go to school," said Grade 12 student Matthew. "I don't want it to be prolonged any longer than it has to be."

"I want to graduate," Jill added. "I can't graduate if I don't go to school."

Both Jill and Matthew said they have not heard any rumors or talk among the student body about who might be doing this or why. 

Police are on scene and investigating and anyone with knowledge about the specifics of the threat is urged to contact police directly at the dedicated tip line, 684-5001.

On Monday, Police asked the public for patience as the investigation into the threats is ongoing. 


Doug Diaczuk

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Doug Diaczuk is a reporter and award-winning author from Thunder Bay. He has a master’s degree in English from Lakehead University
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