Police: Reports of student with a firearm deemed ‘unfounded’

Police on scene at Frontenac Secondary School after reports of a student with a gun on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Photo via Alison MacDonald.

 

Kingston Police responded to a report of suspicious activity at Frontenac Secondary School in the early afternoon of Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Multiple cruisers and police with weapons drawn were seen on the school property, according to student witnesses. The Limestone District School Board said that the school was not placed on hold and secure or lockdown, as neither measure was deemed necessary. However the Board did confirm that students from Module De L’Acadie, the French immersion grade seven and eight school within Frontenac, were brought in from outside and the rear doors of the school were locked as a precautionary measure.

“A hold and secure was not initiated because there was no immediate threat to school safety,” the Limestone District School Board said in a statement on social media later in the day.

According to Kingston Police, reports of a student with a firearm contributed to the incident.

“We received conflicting reports of a student with a gun, but that was deemed to be unfounded,” said Sgt. Watt with Kingston Police.

Both police and the school board said that there was no threat to student, staff, or public safety during the incident.

Limestone District School Board were asked why neither a hold and secure nor a lockdown were put in place when the report of a weapon was made and in the intervening time before Kingston Police arrived on scene. As of publication (3:45 p.m.) no explanation has been forthcoming.

 

Police on scene at Frontenac Secondary School following reports of a student with a gun on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Photo by Alison MacDonald.

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