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Teen boy in custody, replica handgun seized after Oakville high school locked down

Teen boy in custody, replica handgun seized after Oakville high school locked down

Halton Regional Police have arrested a teen boy just after officers locked down an Oakville high school on Tuesday following a report of a male with a gun close by.

Law enforcement said they have seized a “reproduction handgun.”

Officers found the boy, 16, on the grounds of White Oaks Secondary College just after they searched the school and the surrounding space. He is predicted to facial area weapons-connected prices.

Law enforcement claimed they been given a contact about a male with a gun on the south campus of the school at about 2:30 p.m., then locked down the high faculty until finally 3:30 p.m. The college also has a north campus. When police obtained the report, they claimed they did not know if the gun was authentic or a reproduction.

5 other colleges were positioned in a hold and secure situation, but those people actions were lifted at 3:30 p.m. as nicely. The schools were Ecole secondaire Gaetan Gervais, Montclair General public Faculty, St. Michael Catholic Elementary Faculty, Munns Public College and École élémentaire du Chêne.

A maintain and protected is a faculty response to an incident in the standard vicinity, but not on or in close proximity to faculty house.

“There is no acknowledged, ongoing, linked risk to general public security,” police stated in a news release on Tuesday.

“The investigation is still ongoing and associates of the general public ought to expect continued police presence in the region. We thank the group for their patience and cooperation.”

Teen boy in custody, replica handgun seized after Oakville high school locked down
Law enforcement say officers found the teen on the grounds of White Oaks Secondary College right after they searched the faculty and the bordering space. He is anticipated to experience weapons-connected costs. (CBC)

Duplicate guns pose ‘significant danger,’ law enforcement say

Police mentioned they would like to remind the community that reproduction guns pose a “substantial danger” to communities.

“They look to be genuine to both equally associates of the community and the law enforcement,” law enforcement stated in the launch.

“When reports of a prospective firearm are received, Officers ought to react assuming they are actual, which raises possibility to the man or woman in possession of the replica firearm, the police, and members of the general public.”

The incident will come just times right after various universities in Scarborough went into lockdown adhering to reviews of a person in the location with a rifle. A 27-12 months-aged man was shot lifeless by officers. 

Police later found out the weapon he was carrying was a pellet gun, according to Ontario’s law enforcement watchdog

A several days later, two universities in York Area ended up placed under hold and secure precautions following a threat posted online by a teenager — holding what appeared to be firearm.