Investigation Reveals Youth Did Not Make Threats towards La Salle School
Release Date: November 23, 2018
On November 22, 2018 at approximately 8:40 a.m. following a report by school staff, Kingston Police responded to La Salle Intermediate & Secondary School due to a potential threat. Following its established emergency protocol, the school initiated a hold and secure procedure at approximately 8:45 a.m. as officers arrived on scene to investigate.
Students and staff were safe inside the school and classes continued as normal. During a Hold & Secure, all exterior doors are locked due to a potential emergency situation in close proximity to the school.
Police conducted an extensive search of the area, and quickly located one youth who was believed to be involved. After police determined there was no immediate threat to students or staff, the Hold & Secure was lifted at 9:35 a.m.
The youth, who was not on school property, was arrested and brought to police headquarters for questioning. The youth was cooperative. The youth’s home was searched and detectives conducted several interviews. Following further investigation, police determined the youth did not make any threats and has been released unconditionally.
Although initial reports indicated the possibility of weapons, it is important to note that firearms were never involved, nor was there any threat of an “active shooter” as was circulated by some members of the community and on social media.
The Limestone District School Board and Kingston Police take all potential threats seriously and will respond accordingly. Kingston Police and the School Board will continue to work together to ensure the safety and security of our school communities.