13-year-old girl arrested after gun report sends Regina high school into lockdown RS News

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The Regina Police Service (RPS) says a 13-year-old girl has been arrested after a report of a gunshot sent an east Regina high school on lockdown for several hours Friday morning.

At a press conference this afternoon, RPS Deputy Chief Lorilee Davies told reporters that a teenager was arrested at an undisclosed residence in Regina not far from FW Johnson Collegiate, and that an airsoft gun was also found.

Police say the girl allegedly pointed a gun at a teacher before leaving school property, and charges are pending, though not yet announced.

“I can tell you this is a very serious incident,” Davies said at RPS headquarters.

“There will be significant allegations with significant consequences.”

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An officer with the Regina Police Service told concerned parents that no injuries have been reported. An officer with a rifle is standing nearby. RPS says nine officers responded to the high school after a report of a gunshot came in Friday morning. More than a dozen officers secured all school property.

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Davies did not speculate on a possible motive, where the girl may have obtained the weapon or whether she was in grades nine through 12 at the high school.

He detailed, however, how officers were at the school seconds after the call came in from school administrators at 9:15 a.m. Friday.

He said officers quickly saw that the suspect had left school property but the lockdown continued as a precautionary measure as officers tried to ensure the school was safe and secure.

The arrest was made shortly before 11:30 a.m. and the lockdown ended shortly thereafter.

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Grade 12 students Andrew Stewart and Andrey Plesak recount how the school lockout happened.

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FW Johnson students recounted when they were ushered into their classrooms on Friday morning.

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“On the intercom they announced that we were going to be locked down, then someone pulled the fire alarm about five or 10 minutes later, and we were just in the dark for the last three hours,” said Andrew Stewart.

Stewart said the teachers in the classroom where she is hiding blocked the door with desks and chairs.

Andrey Plasek said there were feelings of fear among the group of students they were hiding in, but everyone remained generally calm.

He spoke of the relief they felt when they finally understood everything.

It was fun. The lights came on and then we were like, ‘Oh, we can stop now’. We had to sit down the whole time and it was uncomfortable. “

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Anxious family members await news outside FW Collegiate.

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As news of the arrest spread Friday morning, many parents arrived at the scene.

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The father of the Grade 9 child told Global News of the relief he felt when he found out his loved one was safe.

It was straight up fear. We came down and were like ‘holy!’ “We just wanted to see how everything was going but we didn’t know anything about it,” said Kirk Buchanan.

“After that I felt a lot better than I was because you don’t want anyone to get hurt or anything.”

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