Two students have been taken into custody after someone said they spotted a weapon at Banting Memorial High School Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses told the OPP a suspect threatened another student with a handgun before hiding the weapon in another student’s backpack. The vice principal was told and a lockdown was initiated around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon.
The Simcoe County District School Board says the lockdown involved moving students and school staff to a secure area of the building, with all external doors and windows locked.
Banting Memorial has been placed in lockdown. During a lockdown, students & staff move to secure areas, away from doors & windows. Interior doors are locked, lights are shut off and blinds are drawn. Students & staff remain quiet. We will provide updates as they become available.— Simcoe County DSB (@SCDSB_Schools) February 4, 2020
Two male students were taken into custody.
The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun that resembled a .357 handgun.
The lockdown at Banting Memorial was lifted shortly after 3 p.m.