Regina Police say they are still investigating Monday’s incidents where two elementary schools and a high school in East Regina were placed in Secure-the-Building mode for a short period.
Classes are expected to be back to normal Tuesday.
According to police, the heightened-security came from an initial report of a possible gun in the suspect’s hand, but when police located the individual, he was not in possession of any firearm.
In a news release to the media Monday night, police explain:
“This incident began at 2:50 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016, when police received a call from a staff member at an east Regina elementary school in the 2800 block of Dewdney Avenue. The caller indicated that a young male smashed the window of vehicle and then fled on foot with an object in hand. One of the witnesses to the event thought the object might be a gun.
Police obtained a positive identification of the suspect.
A public high school was initially placed in Secure-the-Building mode so that students could be dismissed in an orderly fashion, with police and school staff monitoring.
Two elementary schools in the area remained in Secure-the-Building mode until more was known. Police located the suspect and arrested him without incident. He was not in possession of any firearm.”
Regina police says the youth will be charged in connection with the mischief and damage to the vehicle.
The Regina Police Service acknowledges and thanks the Regina Board of Education, Regina Catholic Schools and the city’s private schools for their co-operation and partnership in developing – and regularly practicing – safety plans for Regina students and staff.