At least two Toronto post-secondary campuses were evacuated Tuesday morning as police investigated bomb threats to several schools, but one reopened quickly after it was deemed safe.
Ryerson University said its Chang School was given the all-clear by investigators shortly before 11 a.m. and students, staff and faculty were allowed to return.
OCAD University, however, said it would remain closed the entire day and evening, and would later provide an update regarding operations for Wednesday.
“Toronto police are on site working with OCAD U’s Safety & Security Team,” the school said in a statement. “We thank the OCAD University community for their prompt co-operation with today’s evacuations.”
Police said four post-secondary schools _ OCAD, Ryerson, Humber College and George Brown College _ had received threats, affecting 10 campuses. It did not say how many were being evacuated.
They said the first call came in shortly before 9 a.m. and all threats were similar in nature.
Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders said the force takes all such incidents seriously.
“If they’re prank calls…in the past we have apprehended people for making those false accusations but in the meantime we treat it as a serious offence,” he said.
Police are urging anyone who has received a threat or has information related to them to come forward.