Release Date: April 18th, 2019 - 8:19pm
Originator: Inspector, Kevin Maher, Office of the Duty Inspector, 905-825-4747 ext 8752
Contact: D/Sergeant, Ellie Bale, 1 District Criminal Investigation Bureau, 905-825-4747 extension 2415
Shortly before 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Halton Regional Police Service received a call from a staff member at Georgetown District High School after observing individuals with what appeared to be guns inside the school.
Georgetown District High School was immediately placed into lockdown, and as a precaution, Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School was placed in a hold and secure. For a brief period, Christ the King Catholic Secondary School was also placed in a hold and secure. The hold and secures were lifted at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Significant police resources were deployed to Georgetown District High School, including uniform officers and Emergency Services Unit officers (Tactical Response Unit and K9) to ensure the safety of students and staff within the school and to conduct a thorough investigation into the reported weapons sighting.
As a result of the investigation, four suspects were taken into custody. No information regarding their ages or identities, nor charges, is being released at this time.
Officers worked carefully and methodically to clear students and staff from the school, room by room, so as to ensure their safety at all times. Shortly after 6:30 p.m., once the school was confirmed to be safe, the lockdown at Georgetown District High School was lifted.
No physical injuries were reported as a result of this incident.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Det. Sgt. Ellie Bale at 905-825-4747 ext. 2415 or the on-duty Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4747 ext. 2410.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.