by Madi Wong and Valerie Dittrich
The Chang School at Ryerson University was evacuated after Toronto Police received numerous bomb threats that targeted post-secondary campuses around the city.
Police announced that the multiple bomb threats were affecting two universities and two colleges, with 10 campuses in total: OCAD University, Ryerson, George Brown College (GBC) and Humber College.
The Toronto police said that the first call was around 8:54 a.m. but did not specify which institution was the first to receive a threat.
OCAD was the first institution to announce their campus closure due to the investigation. Shortly after, Ryerson tweeted that The Chang School was closed for a police investigation and encouraged community members to head to the Podium building.
Over an hour and a half later, police cleared their investigation and The Chang School was reopened around 10:45 a.m.
OCAD announced on Twitter that the university will remain closed for the duration of the day. Any test or assignment deadlines will be pushed to tomorrow.
GBC was one of the four post-secondary institutions affected by the alleged threats.
The school tweeted that they received a “threatening email” and informed students about a heightened presence of police on campus. All classes and operations are running as usual.
In a Twitter thread, Humber College said they are working with Toronto police and are continuing to investigate the situation. They said they were advised by the police that they do not need to evacuate.
“[All of the threats] are similar in nature,” said Constable Caroline De Kloet.
She said that the police are not disclosing the nature of the threats at this time and are still investigating.
More to come.