A 44-year-old man will remain in custody after threats were allegedly made against the Barrington high school.
A man from the Municipality of Barrington remains in custody and has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric assessment after he allegedly threatened to blow up Barrington Municipal High School with students inside.
The case involving Joseph Townsend, 44, was on the docket in Yarmouth provincial court on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15. The order to have him undergo an assessment to explore the issue of fitness was made under section 672 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Townsend is scheduled to reappear in court on Nov. 5.
On Saturday night, Oct. 13, Yarmouth RCMP said they arrested a 44-year-old man shortly after police became aware of the alleged threats. The charges filed with the court say the threats to the school and its students were made by the accused to another man.
Townsend, who was arrested without incident, is facing several counts of uttering threats to Barrington Municipal High School and the school's students.
As soon as the RCMP received information about a possible threat uttered against school students, immediate action was taken to thoroughly investigate the alleged threat.
"This included the search of a residence to collect potential evidence," said Sgt. M.J. DeLuco of Barrington Detachment.
On Monday, Oct. 14, the Barrington RCMP and Barrington Municipal High School staff searched the high school and nothing suspicious was found. RCMP are confident the school is secure.
There was a sporadic police presence in the school throughout the day on Tuesday to reassure the students and their parents that the school was safe. The investigation is continuing.