Threats made on social media against members of staff at Louis-Philippe-Paré High School: five teenagers arrested
Published on 13 December 2021
The Service de police de Châteauguay (SPC) today carried out searches and five arrests in connection with threats made on social media towards members of staff at Louis-Philippe-Paré High School, reported on the evening of December 12. The apprehended suspects are all minors and are currently being interviewed by the investigating officers.
A new trend to watch out for: “confession”
An emerging phenomenon known as “confession” has recently been observed on social media. It involves students creating profiles to encourage others at the same school to share anonymous messages. In the case of Louis-Philippe-Paré High School, some students chose to post various threats in order to provoke fear and confusion.
Students who are thinking about participating in this trend should remember that no action is truly anonymous. Everything we do is traceable and identifiable. In certain situations, a lapse in judgment can have serious repercussions. Making any kind of threat, even as a joke, can lead to criminal prosecution. People who disseminate or relay this type of message may also be prosecuted, even if it did not originate from them.
The SPC takes all threats to schools extremely seriously. For these reason, the police presence around the Louis-Philippe-Paré campus in Châteauguay will be increased. We will remain in constant communication with school administration to ensure the safety of students, staff and parents.
How you can help
The cooperation of students and the community is essential in resolving this type of case. If you witness threats or violent rhetoric on social media, this is what you should do:
- Immediately tell a trusted person, a responsible adult or a person in authority;
- Call 9-1-1 to report the threats;
- Take a photo of the violent post(s);
- Note the names of the social media accounts publishing, commenting on or encouraging the threats;
- Under no circumstances should you share or comment on such posts.
The Service de police de Châteauguay would like to recognize the exceptional cooperation of school administration at Louis-Philippe-Paré, as well as that of the Division des enquêtes sur la cybercriminalité of the Sûreté du Québec, without which the investigations could not have been launched so quickly.