Police offer few details about threat against Fergus high school

CWDHS officials are calling the incident a 'hoax'

FERGUS – Police say they won’t be providing details about threats made against Centre Wellington District High School (CWDHS) unless someone is charged in connection with the incident, which school officials are calling a “hoax.”

In a letter to school families on Dec. 8, CWDHS officials stated that the previous night “a written message was found in a bathroom at the school threatening violence to the school.

Police investigated and through multiple interviews feel this was not a threat but rather a hoax. Even though they believe this is unsubstantiated, they will continue to investigate.”

The letter added, “Please know that student safety is our top priority, and is also the top priority of the police.”

A Wellington County OPP press release states officers were called to the school at about 8pm on Dec. 7.

“School officials and police investigated and could not substantiate the claim,” the release states. “The investigation is ongoing.”

Asked for an update, OPP spokesperson Josh Cunningham said police “won’t be going into specific details.”

“To ensure investigative integrity we won’t be speaking to what steps were taken in this investigation or what evidence was garnered,” he told the Advertiser.

“If charges are laid we will provide an update.”

Anyone with information about this incident can call police at 1-888-310-1122.

To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.