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Threats spark lockdown at North End school

Police on guard at St. John's High School in Winnipeg on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
Police on guard at St. John's High School in Winnipeg on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Josh Arason

WINNIPEG – Students were locked in their classrooms as heavily armed police officers patrolled the hallways of a North End high school Tuesday morning.

St. John’s High School went into lockdown at about 9:30 a.m. after police received “a number of phone tips about a threat being in the school” at Church Avenue and Salter Street, a spokesperson for Winnipeg School Division told Global News.

The lockdown, which requires students and staff to remain behind locked doors as a safety measure, was lifted about two hours later. The Winnipeg Police tactical unit was part of the large police response in the area.

Police on guard at St. John’s High School in Winnipeg on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Police on guard at St. John’s High School in Winnipeg on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Josh Arason

All students were safe, the school division reported. Police could not immediately provide details on the nature of the threat but said nothing was found and officers remained in the area.

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Classes will continue as normal, and students will be sent home with a letter about the incident. There are about 1200 students at the combined St. John’s high school and middle school.

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