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Teen with toy gun causes Mount Pearl schools to go on lockdown

Parents, guardians and school bus operators wait outside O’Donel High School on Ruth Avenue in Mount Pearl Thursday afternoon while the school was still in lockdown mode. The lockdown was lifted near 2:45 p.m. and students then were allowed to leave school for the day.
Parents, guardians and school bus operators wait outside O’Donel High School on Ruth Avenue in Mount Pearl Thursday afternoon while the school was still in lockdown mode. The lockdown was lifted near 2:45 p.m. and students then were allowed to leave school for the day.

Students and parents in Mount Pearl had some uneasy moments Thursday afternoon after it was reported someone had been spotted in the area of the schools with a handgun.

Turns out, it was teenage boy with a toy gun, but the incident caused quite a stir.

RNC patrol services division and police dog services arrived at St. Peter’s Junior High on Munden Drive at around 1:30 p.m. after receiving the report.

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As a result, in consultation with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School (District), several schools in Mount Pearl were placed in “secure school mode,” or lockdown.

“No information was received to suggest that this male had made any threats involving the handgun,” RNC Const. Daniel Morrissey said in a news release.

“Nonetheless, as a precautionary measure, several schools in the area took measures to ensure student safety based upon advice provided by the RNC.”

NLESD communications director Ken Morrissey said police advised schools to hold the students inside until given notice things were clear and while officers investigated.

Students were given the go-ahead to board buses shortly after 2 p.m., a parent told The Telegram.

The investigation is ongoing. The RNC is asking anyone who has information about this incident to call the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at: www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

 

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