The North Bay Police Service says no charges will be laid in the incident on Friday, Dec. 8 that caused a school lockdown at West Ferris Secondary School.
NBPS says it received information last Friday that a student was possibly heading to the school on Marshall Park Drive with a firearm. The school was notified and immediately the staff took action and a lockdown was initiated.
"At approximately 11:36 a.m., we were made aware of a potential weapon in the school by the North Bay Police Service, who issued a lockdown for the school," Gillian Kajganich, the school's principal explained in a letter about the incident to the West Ferris school community.
Students and staff at West Ferris Secondary School were subjected to a 17-minute lockdown. There were no injuries to students or staff during the lockdown.
An NBPS patrol located the student in question shortly after the information was received. The student was not at the school when they were located. The North Bay Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Section took over the investigation and a pellet gun was recovered.
“As a result of the investigation, it was determined there was no information to indicate that the pellet gun was at the school, on route to the school, or used in a way that posed any danger to students, staff or the general public,” says Inspector of Criminal Investigations Scott McFarlane.
No charges will be laid as a result of this incident. The incident was resolved quickly and the lockdown was lifted shortly after.
The North Bay Police Service would like to thank staff, students, parents and the public for their cooperation during this brief incident.