UPDATE: Multiple Halton schools on lockdown; parents told to stay away
The Halton Regional Police Service added some clarity to a chaotic Tuesday afternoon in Georgetown that resulted in three different schools being placed on lockdown.
Shortly before 1:00 p.m., police say they received a call from a staff member at Georgetown District High School after observing a male pointing what appeared to be a firearm at a student in the school cafeteria.
Georgetown District High School was immediately placed into lockdown. As a precaution, nearby Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School and Gary Allen High School were also placed in lockdown.
“Significant police resources were deployed to Georgetown District High School to ensure the safety of students and staff within the school and to conduct a thorough investigation into the reported incident,” said Halton Police.
“Upon entering the school, two males were immediately taken into custody without incident.”
After a search was conducted in an effort to locate the weapon in question, police say their investigation determined that the weapon seen was a water gun.
No physicals injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
Both arrested parties were released unconditionally at the scene, and no criminal charges are pending.
All three lockdowns were lifted prior to 2:00 p.m.
According to Halton Police, multiple schools in Georgetown are on lockdown Tuesday.
At 1:00 p.m., police tweeted that there were reports of “a weapon being pointed inside” Georgetown District High School and for residents in the area to expect a large police presence.
Police also instructed parents not to attend the school during the lockdown.
SCHOOL LOCKDOWN— Halton Police (@HaltonPolice) March 3, 2020
Georgetown District High School is in lockdown after reports of a weapon being pointed inside the school. Expect a large police presence.
There are no reports of any injuries at this time.
Parents - pls do not attend the school. Updates to follow here. ^jh
Then, 6 minutes after the initial tweet, Halton Police tweeted that there was an additional lockdown at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School.
At 1:09 p.m. Tuesday, Halton Police tweeted that a third school—Gary Allan High School—was also on lockdown.
THIRD SCHOOL IN LOCKDOWN— Halton Police (@HaltonPolice) March 3, 2020
Gary Allan High School is now also in lockdown.
At this time (1:09pm), there are still no reports of any physical injuries.
Updates to follow. ^jh
There were no reports of physical injuries at any of the schools mentioned.
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