Updated: Youth charged with threatening students considered school shooting, witnesses testify

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A 13-year-old accused of threatening students at a Yellowknife school said he’d considered carrying out a school shooting, a counsellor testified Friday. The defendant, who can’t be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested and charged on March 19 following a “potential threat” that occurred at a city school four days earlier. He...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at editorial@nnsl.com.