Board praises ­police ­response ­following lockdown at Massey-Vanier

By Gordon Lambie

The Massey-Vanier High School in Cowansville was placed under a lockdown on Thursday morning that lasted around two hours. According to Sgt. Aurelie Guindon of the Sûreté du Québec, the call was made on a precautionary basis at around 9:30 a.m. based on information the school shared with the police. Three young men were eventually apprehended by the police, two inside the school and one outside, before the lockdown was lifted between 11 a.m. and 11:30. No one was physically harmed in the incident.
“The three individuals did not have weapons on them at the time they were stopped by the police,” Guindon said, explaining that the youths were taken into police custody and an investigation is underway. Guindon would not confirm the nature of the information that initially triggered the lock-down, nor was she able to say whether the young men were students of any of the schools on the campus. Michael Murray, Chairman of the Eastern Townships School Board, said that the word the board got from the police is that no one on the campus was ever in danger. “We followed our procedures” Murray said, emphasising the fact that schools practice for lock-down situations regularly and adding that despite the fact that the campus includes three different schools with separate administrations, the lock-down plan sees information about possible threats shared quickly between establishments. “The response to perceived danger is always the same and it’s rehearsed in advance.” See full story in the Friday, Dec. 20 edition of The Record

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