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Youth charged after firearm call at SJSH

The North Bay Police Service has filed charges in relation to Thursday’s report of a firearm at St. Joseph-Scollard Hall.  

A youth, who cannot be named, is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and causing a disturbance.

Police say the replica firearm turned out to be an airsoft gun. 

The incident forced a lockdown at the school until police, including the Emergency Response Team, took one person into custody, then a ‘hold and secure’ during their investigation.  

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Police Chief Scott Tod says they take every call involving a firearm incredibly seriously and will always react with an appropriate police response. 

“We will treat the firearm as real until the investigation determines it is not,” he says.  “This can place the offender at serious risk of harm. No one should ever transport, carry, or use a replica firearm in any way in which it could be mistaken for a real gun. The fact that, in this incident, the weapon turned out to be a replica firearm does not mitigate the actions of the accused.”

Police say there were no injuries and the accused was released on an undertaking. 

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