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No charges laid after Guelph high school lockdown: police


Guelph police say no charges are pending against the student who brought a cap gun to a high school that caused a lockdown Tuesday afternoon.

Officers, including those from the tactical unit, stormed the Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute on Paisley Road just before 2 p.m. after a witness reported a group of children heading towards the school, including one with a weapon, police said.

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The department immediately asked school officials to put the building under lock and key while officers searched the property.

“When a school is placed on lockdown, all occupants of the building are asked to move to a safe place, all doors are locked, including exterior doors and classroom doors, and all people inside the school are asked to stay where they are until told otherwise by the police,” school board spokeswoman Heather Loney said in an email.

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She added that the school had phoned home to inform parents and guardians of the lockdown and asked them not to come to school while the investigation was carried out.

The lockdown lasted nearly 90 minutes before police arrested a boy. Students were then allowed to leave their classrooms and return home for the day.

“A revolver-style black cap pistol has been recovered,” police said in a news release Wednesday.


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Police said the detained individual was “extremely remorseful” and added that officers briefed him on the dangers of being in possession of what could be mistaken for a real firearm.

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“Given that no threats were made and the cap gun was not used in an aggressive manner, officers exercised discretion and referred the youth to the John Howard Society instead of wearing protective gear. charges,” police said.

The council confirmed that the boy is a student at Guelph CVI and that the school is currently conducting its own investigation into the incident.

“(Officials) follow our policies and procedures with respect to student discipline,” Loney said.

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