Asper Jewish Community Campus evacuated after emailed threat

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Asper Jewish Community Campus evacuated after emailed threat

Winnipeg police did not find anything suspicious at the Rady Jewish Community Centre after the campus was closed and evacuated following an emailed threat on Thursday night.

Police attended Asper Jewish Community Campus around 5:30 p.m. when the Rady JCC received a "threat to the building" in an email, said a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Police Service. The campus was evacuated for about two hours as officers investigated.

Gray Academy, which is connected to the Rady JCC, sent out a notice informing parents of students about the threat.

Thursday evening, the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba issued a news release thanking Winnipeg Police for a speedy response.

"The safety and security of our community is paramount," the release states. "We are pleased that our emergency procedures were effective."

The threat prompted Premier Brian Pallister to write a pair of tweets thanking police and saying Manitoba will stand against intolerance.

The campus has since been reopened and has resumed normal operations.

On Tuesday, the centre released a letter advising patrons it had not been impacted by a number of threats made to Jewish community centres in the U.S. and Canada.

"While the threats being received may be unsettling, we are using this as an opportunity to ensure our procedures reflect best practices and staff are well-prepared," the letter stated.