No charges after Brampton high school lockdown weapons threat

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Published March 8, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Six Brampton high school students have been released without charges after a weapons scare and lockdown at a local school.

On Monday (March 7), Peel Regional Police said they received reports of a possible threat at Fletchers Meadow Secondary School on Chinguacousy Road and Botavia Downs Drive in Brampton.

Police say there were reports of someone seen at the school with a gun, and officers were alerted to the incident around 2:20 p.m.

The school was placed on lockdown until around 4:00 p.m. as officers investigated the incident.

Five youths were taken into police custody at the school and a sixth was arrested later at a residence in Brampton, and investigators now say the firearm was actually a BB gun.

“It was determined that no threats were made to anyone and at no time was there any danger to students and staff of Fletchers Meadow Secondary School,” police said in a release.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident and all of the youths who were arrested have been released into the care of their parents or guardians.

But while the gun may have been a fake, police are urging parents to speak with their children about the very real and severe consequences of bringing any weapons to a school.

Aside from injury, bringing a weapon to school could result in expulsion, being entered into the Fresh Start Expulsion program, limited access to extra-curricular activities or criminal charges.

Peel Regional Police said its members are committed to working with partners at the Peel District School Board to ensure the safety and security of all staff and students.

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