Police have provided more details on the threat made Thursday to Clearspring Middle School (CMS) in Steinbach. According to RCMP, this was not the first threat made this week towards that school.
Police say CMS received the first threat on Wednesday at 3:15 pm when a caller advised that a student would be bringing a gun to school the following day. Steinbach RCMP were advised and looked into this threat. The call is believed to have originated from the United States. The police investigation did not reveal any credibility to the threat.
Then on Thursday, again at 3:15 pm, CMS received a phone call from the same number where another threat was made towards the school for Friday. Police stress that it is not believed that this second threat is any more credible. However, out of an abundance of caution, the school was closed to staff and students on Friday.
Steinbach RCMP along with the Department of Homeland Security in the United States are investigating as they continue to track the source of the phone call which is still believed to have originated in the United States. The phone number was originally tracked to a residence in Menasha, Wisconsin. The Menasha Police Department was contacted and followed up with this tip and has ruled out the homeowners associated to this number. Police say the caller would have used a false number when making the call over the Internet and so the focus of the investigation will fall on identifying the IP address associated to this call.
No additional information has been released at this time.