December 12, 2018 10:58 am

Suspect, 18, wanted after 3 High Park high schools placed in lockdown last week

In the wake of a three-school lockdown in Toronto, Jamie Mauracher takes a look at the emotional effect the incidents and even the practice procedures can have.


Toronto police have issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old man wanted after a gun was spotted inside a High Park high school last week that forced the building into lockdown.

Police said they received a call just before 10 a.m. on Thursday of a male reported to have a gun inside Western Technical-Commercial School at Bloor Street West and Runnymede Road in High Park.

Authorities said the suspect entered the school armed with a firearm and threatened a student.

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The school, which shares the same building as Ursula Franklin Academy and The Student School, was placed into lockdown for most of the day before being lifted just before 3 p.m.

Joshua Hastings, 18, wanted for gun-related offences.

Toronto Police Service

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Police said the initial call was that a school staff member at Western Technical was told by a student that a male with a gun was on the premises.

The suspect has been identified as Joshua Hastings of Toronto. He is wanted for unauthorized possession of a firearm, weapons dangerous, carry a concealed weapon, uttering death threats, mischief, interfering with property and three counts of failing to comply with recognizance.

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Police said the man is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.

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