Not guilty pleas in Central Kings lockdown case

Kirk Starratt
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Police presence could be seen at the entrance to Cambridge Elementary Feb. 25. Students spent the afternoon in lockdown after a threat to a student was received at the adjacent Central Kings Rural High School during a Feb. 25 lockdown. File

A teenage boy charged in connection with a recent lockdown at Central Kings has pleaded not guilty.

The 15-year-old boy, who can’t be identified because of his age, appeared in youth court in Kentville March 27 on a charge of uttering a death threat via text message. Reading of the charge was waived and the boy pleaded not guilty. The matter has been adjourned to Sept. 25 for trial. The boy’s grandfather accompanied him in court.

A 17-year-old boy is charged with uttering a threat to cause bodily harm via text message in relation to the lockdown. During a March 13 court appearance, the accused had a clause in his recognizance prohibiting him from using a cell phone amended. The court heard that his family doesn’t have a landline but his mother has a cell phone. The accused will be allowed to use the phone in her presence. His matter was adjourned to April 24.

The two boys were arrested after an incident Feb. 25 that led to Central Kings and the neighbouring Cambridge Elementary being locked down. According to the RCMP, the two boys were arrested on Feb. 25 a few hours after a student at Central Kings received a threat via text message. RCMP spokesman Alain LeBlanc said the boys were arrested in another location.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Kentville

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