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UPDATE: Threat closes St. Pat's again

Latest incident the fourth threat against the south side high school in recent weeks.
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THUNDER BAY -- Another threat against St. Patrick High School has led to its closure once again. 

Students already dropped off at school on Tuesday morning were sent to an evacuation site as a precaution.

It's the latest in a rash of threats against schools in the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board. St. Patrick High School was entered into a hold-and-secure on Monday because of another threat. 

Buses were expected to return students to their homes between 9:15 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.

"We are disheartened with these continual threats, but the safety of our students and staff is our top priority," the board said in a release issued on Tuesday morning.

In an update issued late Tuesday morning, the board announced St. Patrick High School would reopen on Wednesday after the Thunder Bay Police Service deemed the school safe following a "thorough walkthrough."

The school board noted it would not conduct interviews or provide further information on the situation, saying that decision is "grounded in our commitment to ensuring the integrity of the process and not compromising any potential leads or developments."

Tuesday’s threat was the fourth against the school in recent weeks, including another that prompted an evacuation on Dec. 7.

It’s also one of a larger number made against local Catholic schools in that time. Police made arrests in connection with threats made against St. Ignatius and Pope John Paul schools in late November.

This story has been updated with information provided by the Thunder Bay District Catholic School Board after publication.

Leith Dunick

About the Author: Leith Dunick

A proud Nova Scotian who has called Thunder Bay home since 2002, Leith is Dougall Media's director of news, but still likes to tell your stories too. Wants his Expos back and to see Neil Young at least one more time. Twitter: @LeithDunick
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