Remembrance Day ceremonies at school were always a part of growing up in Canada. They remain some of the earliest introductions to the cost of conflict for Canadian children. These ceremonies typically continue all the way through high school. Unfortunately, an Ottawa principal had to postpone some Remembrance Day high school activities after finding a threat scrawled on a bathroom wall.

In a letter sent to parents of students attending Sacred Heart Catholic High School in Stittsville on November 8, Principal Brent Hopkins laid out exactly what happened.

"The warning came in the form of graffiti on a bathroom stall stating a bombing and/or shooting would take place in the library or theatre on Monday, November 11, 2019," the letter stated. Hopkins noted that the school had contacted the police.

"There is no evidence the threat is legitimate," Hopkins continued. "However, every threat made on our school, whether it’s via social media post or a graffiti tag, is taken very seriously."

Hopkins informed parents that the staff had decided to postpone their Remembrance Day ceremonies. However, they would be holding "class-based" ceremonies over the PA system.

A similar threat was made at a second high school on November 8. Principal Casey Nelson of Almonte and District High School informed parents that police were investigating an online threat.

"We understand that parents and guardians expect our school to meet the educational and learning needs of their children and to be a safe environment at all times, which is why we have taken this threat seriously," Nelson wrote on Facebook.

A scheduled football game was postponed to ensure additional students would not be at the school during the police investigation. 

"We are very pleased with the student’s response and reaction today and are thankful for the support of our teaching staff," Nelson wrote in an additional post, adding that there did not seem to be any legitimacy to the threat.

Threats of shootings and bombings have previously disrupted activity at Canadian schools. Students at the University of Calgary were upset with the reaction to a possible shooter situation.

Further west, a teen was arrested for posting a Snapchat with two guns and threatening his school. In Toronto, multiple bomb threats shut down universities and colleges across the city during the summer.

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