Students detained, pellet gun seized following lockdown at Alliston high school

"No Threat To Public Safety" according to OPP

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.

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.