‘Unknown substance’ reported at Brampton school given all-clear after air quality tests

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Published December 1, 2023 at 9:06 am

Paramedics treated one person after emergency crews were called to a Brampton school for reports of an “unknown substance.”

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services (BFES) said around 2:40 p.m. on Thursday that firefighters had been called to Jean Augustine Secondary School on Elbern Markell Drive in Brampton.

The service said it had received a call about an “unknown substance,” which led firefighters to conduct air quality checks as a precaution. A photo shared by BFES on X, formerly Twitter, shows firefighters and the BFES Hazardous Materials Response Team on the scene.

BFES said one patient was treated at the scene by Peel Paramedics and air quality testing “has not found anything suspicious.”

No additional details about the victims were released.

The incident was at least the second time emergency crews were called to Brampton schools this week, as a pair of Brampton schools were placed on hold-and-secure orders on Monday after a man with a gun was reportedly seen nearby.

No injuries or threats to the public have been reported but police placed both Ridgeview Public School and John Knox Christian School on hold-and-secure orders as a precaution.

A police spokesperson said the hold-and-secure orders were lifted shortly before 3:30 p.m., but was unable to comment on whether any arrests had been made or if a weapon had been located by investigators.

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