Update – Lifted: Kingston Secondary School placed on ‘hold and secure’

Kingston Secondary School, located on Kirkpatrick Street. Photo via Limestone District School Board.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at 11:23 a.m. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.


The Limestone District School Board (LDSB) has put a “hold and secure” in place at Kingston Secondary School (KSS), as well as the French immersion school within it, Module Vanier.

Parents of students at the school began inquiring with Kingstonist about what was happening at KSS around 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. By 11:15, Kingstonist had confirmed with the LDSB that KSS had been placed on hold and secure – meaning no students can enter or exit the school – sometime this morning. The board did not say when the incident began, nor what prompted the response.

“All students and staff [are] safe. Normal operations continue inside,” said Allison Grange, a communications officer with the LDSB.

“Hold and Secure is instituted as a precautionary measure when [there is a] potential threat to school safety in the vicinity of school.”

However, Molly Brant Elementary School, which shares a campus with KSS, is currently not in a hold and secure, according to the school board.

Kingstonist has inquired with Kingston Police as to when police were dispatched to the school and why.

This is a developing situation. Updated coverage will be provided as more information becomes available.


UPDATE (Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, at 12:20 p.m.):
Officers are on scene at Kingston Secondary School (KSS) and Module Vanier after the school was placed on hold and secure (see above), Kingston Police have now confirmed.

According to police, officers attended the high school and remain there “out of an abundance of caution.”

“We are investigating comments made online that implicate the school,” said Const. Ash Gutheinz, a Media Relations Officer with Kingston Police.

“[The school] is not on lockdown, as there is no immediate threat.”

Kingstonist will continue to provide updates on this situation as more information becomes available.


UPDATE (Thursday, Feb 22, 2024, at 1:55 p.m.):
After receiving updates from parents with students at KSS, Kingstonist reached out to the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) who confirmed the hold and secure was lifted around 1 p.m.

The school board and Kingson Police have not relayed any further details at this time.


UPDATE (Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at 11:15 a.m.):
After a ‘hold and secure’ was placed on Kingston Secondary School (KSS), as well as Module Vanier, the French immersion school within KSS, follow-up inquiries to the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) have yielded no details.

The hold and secure measure was taken at the Kingscourt neighbourhood high school at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. The LDSB, who stated that “a hold and secure is instituted as a precautionary measure when [there is a] potential threat to school safety in the vicinity of school,” relayed that staff and students at the schools were safe within 20 minutes of the measure being enacted. Within an hour, Kingston Police had confirmed their officers’ presence at KSS, and stated that there were “investigating comments made online that implicated the school,” and “out of an abundance of caution.”

In response to requests for further information from the LDSB later in the day, the board’s media relations team stated they had no further information to share. In response to follow-up inquiries regarding the nature of the threat to the school and/or if any arrests had occurred, Const. Ash. Gutheinz, a media relations officer for Kingston Police, said that “police are continuing to investigate.” As of 10:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, police said no further updates on the matter would be issued that day.

Kingstonist will continue to provide updated coverage on this matter if/when more information becomes available.


Editor’s note: An earlier version of this article referred to the French immersion school within Kingston Secondary School as Module de l’Acadie, as opposed to Module Vanier. Module Vanier is located within KSS, and is currently on hold and secure. Module de l’Acadie is located within Frontenac Secondary School and entirely unrelated to this situation. Kingstonist regrets any confusion caused by this error.

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