Schools in the Clarenville area were shut down this morning after police received a threatening e-mail.

The RCMP say they received a threat Monday regarding Riverside Elementary School in nearby Shoal Harbour. Police assessed it as a credible threat and notified the English School District. The district decided to close all schools in Clarenville this morning as a precaution.

The RCMP have taken a 45-year-old man into custody. He will appear in provincial court in Clarenville today. He is charged with uttering threats against a person. Schools will reopen this afternoon.