What may have been an innocuous comment during some online gaming has landed a 12-year-old Manitoba boy in hot water.
RCMP say he threatened to start a school shooting in southeastern Manitoba while playing a multi-player online video game last week.
Two others playing the game called the police. Those players were in Wisconsin and New York.
The American police agencies called the RCMP and contacted the manufacturer of the video game console to help find the child. No specific school was named so RCMP rushed to a number of area schools to make sure everything was okay.
“Everybody worked very well, very fast considering the fact that we don’t have a lot of cases to practice how this is going to unfold,” explains RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet. “We’re reminding parents to monitor the online access of their children and that youth that are aware of any kind of threats they see online report it immediately.”
RCMP have not said where in southeastern Manitoba the boy is from because of his age and the size of the communities involved. The child was arrested for uttering threats and will appear in court March 1.