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Charge Laid In Internet Bus Threat

A 22-year-old Ottawa man is charged with uttering threats after a Facebook post targeted OC Transpo.

Ottawa police said Monday no specific person was directly targeted in the online social networking post written Nov. 21, which was against the transit organization as a whole. A concerned citizen had contacted police.

“People have to make a conscious and responsible choice before they say something,” said police spokesman Const. Henri Lanctot. “They’re subject to consequences.”

Police wouldn’t reveal the alleged threat, although reports said it was a bomb threat.

Writing a threat on the Internet is the same as verbally threatening someone, said police, who warn people that online threats are taken seriously. While police more commonly deal with verbal threats, it’s not uncommon for officers to turn to online social media during investigations.

Threats must have to meet a certain criteria to be considered criminal, said police, which means they tend to be fairly specific. Broad statements such as “watch your back” would likely not meet that threshold, said police.

City officials said OC Transpo wouldn’t comment since the incident is under investigation.

Amalgamated Transit Union 279 president Garry Queale, who represents OC Transpo bus drivers, also declined to comment Monday night.

James Perry is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 21to face charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

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