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Stratford high school locked down after police receive handgun call

The replica handgun Stratford police say they seized from a 17-year-old male student at a Stratford high school on Oct. 17, 2019.
The replica handgun Stratford police say they seized from a 17-year-old male student at a Stratford high school on Oct. 17, 2019. Stratford Police Service

A 17-year-old was arrested and a replica handgun was seized after Stratford Police placed Northwestern Secondary School in a lockdown on Thursday.

Police say they were called to the school at around noon for a report of a student with a handgun.

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“The student was identified and the school went into lockdown,” Const. Darren Fischer said. “The male was located shortly after 1 p.m. and was arrested at that time was found to be in possession of a replica handgun.”

The accused faces a charge of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was released on a promise to appear in court Nov. 14.

Fisher said a second 14-year-old student was also arrested for obstructing police but the teen boy was later released without charge into the care of his parents.

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He said police are continuing to investigate but they believe there were no specific threats made to any one at the school or to the school itself.

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“Any students that were affected by this incident and needed some assistance with what had happened, counselling was offered to them at the school and those services will continue to be available to them tomorrow and anytime in the future that they may need it,” he said.

The lockdown at Northwestern Secondary School ended at around 1:30 p.m.

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