Facebook threats back in court next week

A Red Deer teenager accused of threatening to open fire at a local high school remains in custody pending his next court appearance.

A Red Deer teenager accused of threatening to open fire at a local high school remains in custody pending his next court appearance.

The 16-year-old boy, whose name cannot be published under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was brought into Red Deer youth court on Thursday to deal with a series of charges arising from the alleged incident.

Now represented by defence counsel Pat Penny, the youth was arrested on April 4 by Red Deer City RCMP, who had been alerted by Calgary Police to threats posted on a Facebook page.

He is charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, sexual assault, overcoming resistance, possession of an illegal drug, breaching conditions of release and breaching conditions of a sentence or disposition.

A psychiatric evaluation was provided to the court on Thursday but was not addressed.

Judge Harry Gaede told the accused, who remains in custody at the Calgary Young Offenders Centre, that ADHD is no excuse.

“I also suffer from ADHD, but I made it here. You have a choice,” said Gaede.

The youth is to return to court in Red Deer on May 23.