Police: Three schools deemed safe after receiving threats

Police search backpacks at a bus stop in the vicinity of Regiopolis Notre Dame on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by Cris Vilela.

Police confer in front of Bayridge Secondary School just before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

Police arriving and securing Holy Cross Secondary School in the early afternoon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

All three schools that were placed on lock down due to threats on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 have been deemed safe, according to Kingston Police.

It was a busy and highly stressful day for all of those in law enforcement and education in Kingston, but particularly for the students, not only at the three schools that were placed on lock down, but the many other area schools that were placed on hold and secure as a precautionary measure.

Kingston Police responded to three local schools after threats were made that a suspect was planning on entering the schools with weapons to do harm. The threats were received by phone and were made at approximately 9:30 a.m. to Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School, 11:00 a.m. to Bayridge Secondary School, and 1:00 p.m. to Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, according to Kingston Police.

“The schools responded appropriately for the safety of students and staff, and were placed in lock down as police responded,” Kingston Police said.

“The schools were searched, deemed safe, and transitioned to hold and secure for the remainder of the day. Students were scheduled for standard dismissal times.”

The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board and the Limestone District School Board both cancelled all evening events and activities for the day.

Kingston Police said the investigation is on-going at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Jay Finn at 613-549-4660 ext. 6228, or via email at jfinn@kingstonpolice.ca. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Kingston Police at 613-549-4660 and asking to be anonymous, or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Police on scene at Regiopolis Notre Dame on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

Police responding to threats directed at Regiopolis Notre Dame on the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

Police securing the perimeter of Regiopolis Notre Dame high school on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

Police on scene at Bayridge Secondary School just before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

Police set up outside of Bayridge Secondary School after threats were directed at the school on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

A cruiser sits outside Holy Cross Secondary on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Photo by First Response Media.

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