Teens are discussing a tense afternoon at O’Gorman High School.
Yesterday afternoon, the school was put on lockdown for a few hours. A release from the Timmins Police Service states that “school officials were alerted to a social media post that included threatening remarks. They became concerned for the safety of the students and faculty of the school and immediately initiated a lockdown procedure and contacted the Timmins Police Service.”
The school board notified media about the lockdown around 1:30pm, and it was lifted just after 3:00pm.
Police says two young people were arrested, however it is not known at this time if charges have been laid.
Grade 11 student Abby Bellefeuille says she was she was held in a classroom near the cafeteria when the police entered the school. “We were just in our classroom for a couple of hours while the Swat Team were looking for the students who made the threat.” Bellefeuille says after a couple of hours police “took us into the gym and they announced it, that there was a threat made, that everything’s now fine.”
She adds that the students were not told what the threat was about.
Bellefeuille says it was a very intense feeling inside the school during the lockdown. “A lot of the students were crying, the students that were in the classes where the cops were closer to because you could hear what they were saying, so they were crying. I think it was more nervous for the students when we had to leave our class to go to the gym and see the officers with the guns and stuff.”
TPS says students were permitted to leave at the end of the school day. A media release adds that “the incident was contained and there are no further safety concerns; however the investigation is continuing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 705-264-1201.