Shanty Bay Public School hold-and-secure state brought about due to misunderstanding

While there was no threat in this incident, police praise everyone for doing the right thing

An incident in Shanty Bay that brought about a hold-and-secure at a nearby school was just a misunderstanding.

A young man walking his dog on Line 3 of Oro-Medonte around 3 p.m. Monday when a vehicle passed by slowly. The vehicle stopped and began reversing, directly beside the youngster. He fled to a nearby home and asked for help.

The neighbour called police and the nearby Shanty Bay Public School, which initiated a hold-and-secure as a precaution. Police responded to the area but could not initially locate the vehicle in question.

Following extensive patrol of the area, the vehicle was located. After speaking with the driver, it was determined he was reversing his vehicle to take a look at a nearby property. While he did notice the young man in the area, he didn’t attempt to engage in any way. Police have determined there was never any threat.

“Though this case turned out to be a misunderstanding, I commend everyone involved for responding the way they did,” said Orillia OPP School Resource Officer Ted Dongelmans. “In the end, we were able to determine that there was no threat and everyone went home safe.”