Two arrested, replica handgun seized following lockdown at Stratford high school

Police arrested one male and seized a replica handgun during a lockdown Thursday afternoon at Stratford Secondary and Elementary Schools - formerly Stratford Northwestern Secondary School - after Stratford Police received a call about a person with a gun entering the school.

Students at Stratford Secondary and Elementary Schools return to school following a lockdown after Stratford Police received a call about a person with a gun entering the school around noon Thursday. (Galen Simmons/The Beacon Herald)

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Police arrested one male and seized a replica handgun during a lockdown Thursday afternoon at Stratford secondary and elementary schools after Stratford police received a call about a person with a gun entering the school.

Stratford police officers responded to the report shortly after noon, placing the former Stratford Northwestern secondary school in lockdown. Police quickly located and arrested the male, a minor, with the replica gun. A second male, also a minor, was arrested for obstructing police.

Police lifted the lockdown and students were allowed to return to class shortly after 1:30 p.m.

“Both (males) were taken into custody and transported to Stratford police headquarters,” said Const. Darren Fischer, communications officer for the Stratford Police Service. “The investigation is continuing at this time. The criminal investigations unit will be taking care of the investigation. At this time, we do not believe there were any threats made against any students or the school.”

Stratford police sent out a tweet shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday asking the public to avoid the area while they responded to an incident at the school.

“A principal or superintendent can initiate a hold and secure a lockdown if they believe that student and staff safety is at risk,” Avon Maitland District school board communications manager Chera Longston said. “We also take guidance from police in situations where student and staff safety is at risk.

“Students are being offered mental-health support if they require it. The school is communicating with parents to let them know that everything’s resolved and the students are safe.”

gsimmons@postmedia.com

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