A man is in custody and a precautionary ‘hold and secure’ at a south Etobicoke elementary school was lifted a little over an hour after it was put in place Thursday, after police received a report of a man armed with a gun in the area of the school.
Const. Tony Vella said the gun threat call came in to police at around 11:57 a.m. and that police responded quickly to the scene at St. Josaphat Catholic School, 85 Forty-First St., and placed the school in lock down.
“We locked down the school as a precautionary measure. We’re investigating information regarding a man with a gun,” he said, shortly before the hold and secure was lifted. “Officers are on the scene as a precautionary measure.”
Toronto District School Board spokesperson Emmy Szekeres Milne explained what a ‘hold and secure’ means: “When the potential threat is outside the building, we do what is called a hold and secure, meaning everything is locked and you keep everyone inside and you don’t let anyone into the building,” she said. “People inside the building can move about the building, but we don’t let anyone in or out.”
The “hold and secure” at St. Josaphat was lifted shortly after 1 p.m.
– Cynthia Reason