At least three Montreal-area schools have received threats online since Friday.

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Montreal police announced Monday that they had arrested six teens in connection with online threats made in recent days against local schools.

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“We are investigating eight threats at the moment,” Montreal police spokesman Manuel Couture said, adding that the operation began after the threats were investigated by the force’s cybercrime unit. “What you have to understand is that this is a crime that we take very seriously.”

The arrests come after Academie Dunton on the eastern edge of Montreal was closed on Friday after receiving an online threat and the Cavelier-De LaSalle school in LaSalle was threatened online Sunday. The latter school remained open on Monday, albeit with a heavy police presence.

It was not immediately clear early Monday whether the arrests in Montreal were related to another online threat made Sunday night against staff at a high school in Châteauguay. That school was closed Monday while local police investigated.

Couture said the investigation continues and developments will be announced throughout the day.

Reference-montrealgazette.com

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