Teen charged with sending threatening text freed from jail

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Rodney Squibb is led into provincial court in St. John’s Thursday.
— Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

The 18-year-old suspected of sending a threatening text message to a student at O’Donel High School in Mount Pearl Wednesday has been released from jail.

Rodney Squibb of St. John’s was back in provincial court Thursday, a day after the RNC took him into custody.

Lawyers agreed to have Squibb released on an undertaking.

The conditions include that he report to RNC headquarters every Saturday and abstain from alcohol and drugs.

He was ordered to have no contact with the complainant and must stay away from all schools under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District.

He’s scheduled to be back in court on June 19.

Squibb — who sources say lives in a boarding house — faces charges of mischief and uttering threats.

He reportedly sent the text Wednesday morning.

It resulted in O’Donel, as well as three neighbouring schools —

St. Peter’s Elementary, Mount Pearl Intermediate and Mount Pearl Senior High — locking their doors as a precautionary measure.

Police said there were no injuries.

O’Donel students interviewed by The Telegram said a female student at the school received a text message which said an individual had a weapon and was inside the school. The student informed a guidance counsellor about the text message.

Squibb was then spotted in the back seat of a police cruiser that was parked outside the school.

Several students said they didn’t take the threat seriously, saying if it was more serious, the school would have gone into lockdown mode, which involves measures that have students lying down on the floor or sitting silently along a safe wall.

The students said the secure schools protocol remained in place for about 40 minutes, after which normal classroom activities resumed.

Squibb is reportedly not a student at O’Donel High, but is said to be an ex-boyfriend of the student who allegedly received the threatening text.

When Squibb first appeared in court Wednesday, the judge was told the teen was supposed to be taking medication, but wasn’t taking it.

rgillingham@thetelegram.com

Twitter: @TelyCourt

Organizations: O’Donel High School, Eastern School District.He

Geographic location: Mount Pearl

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  • Robert
    May 10, 2013 - 08:35

    "Released" so what else is new! Perhaps it was all a big misunderstanding and he didn't mean to say what he said he would do. One of these days this approach to threats of violence is going to get a lot of people killed and injured.