Man who caused school lockdown pleads guilty to charges

Rosie Mullaley
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A 19-year-old man responsible for causing a lockdown at a Mount Pearl high school last year will be sentenced next month.

Rodney Squibb was supposed to have his trial begin when his case was called in provincial court in St. John’s this morning.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to four charges — mischief by interfering with property and three counts of breaching court orders.

Squibb’s lawyer, Candace Summers, entered the guilty pleas on her client’s behalf. She and Crown prosecutor Scott Kerr agreed to set the case over to May 13 for sentencing.

Squibb is also expected to plead guilty at that time to two other counts of breaching court orders, charges stemming from last month.

Squibb was arrested in May 2013 after he sent what was considered a threatening text message to a female student at O’Donel High School. The student informed a guidance counsellor and school administrators opted to lock the school as a precautionary measure. There were no injuries.

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

After his first court appearance shortly after the incident, Squibb — who is not an O’Donel student and lives in a shelter — was released from jail on an undertaking with strict conditions.

The conditions included that he report to RNC headquarters once a week and abstain from alcohol and drugs. He was also ordered to have no contact with the complainant and must stay away from all schools under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District.

The judge at that time was told the teen was supposed to have been taking medication, but wasn’t.

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