LETHRBIDGE: Wednesday afternoon's lock-down of two west side High Schools will Not result
in charges being laid.
Just before 2:00-pm, police responded to a report that a male youth, walking
with three other boys, was carrying what appeared to be a firearm and entered
Catholic Central High West.
Lock-downs were immediately initiated at both Catholic Central and
neighbouring Chinook High School and police searched the interior and exterior
of the schools. Traffic in and out of the area was also restricted during the
search and vehicles were checked.
Officers located a 15-year-old boy who matched the description of the subject
in a CCH classroom along with three other 15-year-old boys who were all students
Investigation determined that the teen had been carrying a prop gun the group
had used during the filming of a movie outside the school. The boys were very
cooperative with police and explained they had previously obtained permission
from the school to use the prop gun in their school project.
As there was no malicious intent and the boys had previously obtained
permission to have the imitation firearm on school property, no charges are
Police commend staff and students at both schools for their commitment to
public safety, quick response and full cooperation throughout the