LDSB building placed on hold and secure due to presence of weapon

The Limestone District School Board building at 164 Van Order Drive, which houses the Katarokwi Learning Centre and Limestone Community Education Centre. Photo via Google Maps.

Those at the Katarokwi Learning Centre and Limestone Education Centre spent part of the afternoon in a hold and secure procedure today, Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2023.

Just after 12 noon, Kingston Police were dispatched to the Limestone District School Board (LDSB) building, which is located at 164 Van Order Drive, directly across the street from Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute (LCVI). According to the LDSB, police were called to the Katarokwi Learning Centre (KLC) within the building “to respond to a reported sighting of a weapon.”

“There were no threats nor acts of violence towards KLC students or staff. Following established emergency protocols, the school initiated a Hold and Secure procedure as officers arrived on the scene to investigate,” said Jane Douglas, Communications Consultant with the LDSB, in an email to Kingstonist.

“Class dismissals were delayed at KLC while police were on site conducting their investigation. The Hold and Secure was lifted at approximately 3:00 p.m.”

According to the school board, the neighbouring schools LCVI and Calvin Park Public School were not placed on hold and secure, but “did keep students indoors as a precautionary measure while Kingston Police were investigating at KLC.”

“There was no immediate threat to the school, and police did not advise LCVI or Calvin Park to initiate a Hold and Secure. Dismissal at LCVI and Calvin Park P.S. was not impacted,” Douglas relayed.

The board was unable to say if anyone was arrested, nor what the weapon that had been sighted was. Kingstonist as inquired with Kingston Police about this incident for further details, however, no response was received by time of publication.

“A Communicate Broadcast message has been sent to families,” Douglas said in reference to the families of those attending the Katarokwi Learning Centre or Limestone Education Centre.

This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

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