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Media Release

Release Date: October 28th, 2020 - 4:56pm

Originator: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899

Contact: Constable, Ryan Anderson, Corporate Communications, 905 825 4899

Location: Oakville

Lockdown and Hold and Secure at Oakville Schools

‚ÄčOn Wednesday October 28, 2020, at approximately 2 pm, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) responded to Gaetan-Gervais Secondary School in Oakville after a small group of students inside the school received threatening text messages from an unknown number.

Police placed the school in lockdown and neighbouring school, White Oaks Secondary School, in a hold and secure. A road adjacent to the schools was also closed by police. These lockdowns remained in place for approximately one hour while officers searched the interior and exterior of the school.

While the investigation is ongoing, information suggests that these messages may have been a prank. The source of the text messages is still under investigation and no arrests have been made.

No physical injuries were sustained as a result of this occurrence.

The HRPS would like to remind residents that threats such as this are taken extremely seriously by police and can result in criminal charges.