Investigation Determines Bishop Ryan Calls Were a Hoax

Hamilton Police Service has determined the phone calls to Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School on October 29 and 30, 2018, were a hoax and did not originate from within Canada.

Calls were made to the school two days in a row threatening staff and students. Hamilton Police searched the school and did not find anything to validate either threat.

Hamilton Police are confident the calls originated from the same source and were placed from outside the country to cause panic. There is no ongoing threat to the school community in relation to these calls.

Hamilton Police recognize the importance of school safety and how a threat of this nature can be difficult for students, staff and their families. Police take incidents like these extremely seriously and will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify the individual responsible and lay the appropriate criminal charges. We appreciate the patience and support of the Bishop Ryan community as we worked to clear the school.

If you have any information you believe could assist Police with the investigation, please call (905) 546-3851.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com