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Anonymous call prompts police presence at school

Aerial photo of Holt Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe taken in June 2017. (BRIAN THOMPSON/Postmedia Network)

Aerial photo of Holt Trinity Catholic High School in Simcoe taken in June 2017. (BRIAN THOMPSON/Postmedia Network)

SIMCOE  - 

An anonymous call prompted the Norfolk OPP detachment to send officers to Holy Trinity Catholic High School on Tuesday morning.

A call was made to police on Monday night concerning a possible incident Tuesday morning at the high school on Evergreen Hill Road in Simcoe.

Three officers were at the school for a short time early Tuesday morning, said Norfolk OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk.

Police concluded the call was unfounded.

Sanchuk said police take all incidents very seriously, but in this case there was no threat to public or student safety.

The investigation into the call is still ongoing, Sanchuk said. That includes the possibility that the original call came after something was posted on social media.

Holy Trinity High School used social media itself on Tuesday to dispel concerns about what was happening at the school.

School officials tweeted out a message at about 11 a.m. Tuesday from @trinitytitan saying: “You may be aware that police officers from the OPP were onsite at the school this morning. This was a precautionary measure taken by the police in response to an ongoing investigation. Students and staff are in no danger. The police continue to investigate the matter.”

Sanchuk said he did not believe the Holy Trinity incident was related to a case in Brantford, which saw a 13-year-old boy charged Tuesday with uttering threats to cause bodily harm or death.

Brantford Police Service were contacted late Monday night in response to an on-line video in which a student made threats towards a local school. Police did not release the name of the school.

At about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Brantford police arrested and charged the teen. He was held for a bail hearing.