Ottawa Police seize loaded handgun at west-end school
Newstalk 580 CFRA, CTV Ottawa
Published Friday, May 24, 2019 12:09PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 24, 2019 4:26PM EDT
Ottawa Police say a loaded handgun was seized from a west-end school and a 13-year-old boy has been arrested.
Police were called to Frank Ryan Catholic Intermediate school around 4 p.m. Thursday on reports someone had a gun.
Ottawa Police say at no time was anyone threatened.
The responding officers were able to seize the loaded gun and arrest the boy. He’s facing a list of weapons charges. The investigation is ongoing.
The boy cannot be named because of his age.
The Ottawa Catholic School Board has shared the message sent from the principal to parents around noon on Friday:
"We are very proud of our students who reported after school hours on Thursday May 23rd that they saw a fellow student who was in possession of a firearm. School administration quickly investigated and found the firearm in the student’s school bag. We contacted the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and the situation was dealt with immediately. The police have ascertained there was no danger posed by the student involved in the incident. The investigation continues.
We cannot share further details due to privacy concerns. In general, however, when there are safety concerns, the student involved is removed from the school. We will continue to cooperate with the police and work very closely with the student and the family to make sure that the student gets the support needed. Wellness supports are available at the school for all students and staff if required.
Our school continues to be a safe place, despite this isolated serious incident, and I am very proud of how we work together - students, parents, staff, and partners including the OPS. If you have any concerns, please call me at the school."
Police refuse to say what charges the boy faces and would not comment about the incident on camera.