Update: Weapons call leads to partial lockdown of several Mississauga schools
Published September 27, 2023 at 1:55 pm
Several schools in east Mississauga have been partially locked down after police received reports of a male with a weapon in the area.
According to reports, at least two schools near Bloor Street and Tomken Road — Applewood Heights Secondary and St. Thomas More Catholic — are in hold-and-secure mode while Peel Regional Police try to determine the nature of the potential threat.
Applewood Heights Secondary School is located just north of Bloor Street and west of Tomken Road while St. Thomas More is on the same side of Tomken Road, just to the south of Bloor Street.
It’s not known if Tomken Road Middle School, located farther south off of Tomken Road, south of Flagship Drive, is also in hold-and-secure mode.
Police said via social media that the call came in just before 1 p.m. and reported “a male possibly seen with a weapon” in the area of Bloor and Tomken.
“Several nearby schools are in hold-and-secure as a precaution,” police said.
People are being urged to avoid the area until police have cleared the scene.
A post from St. Thomas More to social media notes that “we are currently in a hold-and-secure while Peel police investigate a situation in the area. All students and staff remain safely inside.”
Hold-and-secure mode is mostly used as a precaution at schools and is one step below a full lockdown in terms of seriousness of the situation.
Update: Just before 3 p.m., police announced that the hold and secures were lifted.
UPDATE: – Hold and secures have been lifted
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) September 27, 2023
Map shows two schools in the area where police are responding to a possible weapons call. Both schools are in hold-and-secure mode. (Google Maps)insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising