Teen charged in Mt. Sentinel Secondary evacuation to get psychiatric assessment

Denver Skey, 18, has been charged with two counts of uttering threats after officials evacuated Mount Sentinel Secondary School, near Nelson, B.C., last week.

A teenager accused of uttering threats that shut down his high school and postponed graduation will be sent for a psychiatric assessment, a Nelson, B.C., court has decided.

Denver Skey, 18, has been charged with two counts of uttering threats after officials evacuated Mount Sentinel Secondary School in the Slocan Valley, about 20 kilometres west of Nelson, last Friday.

In court, Skey was wearing a black T-shirt with black glasses and looked down for much of the morning proceedings. At one point, he asked for a tissue to wipe away tears. His parents were also present.

The evidence presented in court is subject to a publication ban.

The nature of the alleged threat has not been released, but the incident also cancelled classes Monday and Tuesday of this week and cancelled the planned grad celebration last weekend. Graduation has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

Skey remains in custody and may face additional charges after the Crown reviews the case. His psychiatric assessment is scheduled for late July in Port Coquitlam.

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