Hamilton police seized a pellet gun and crack cocaine from a Hamilton high school during school hours Tuesday. No students were harmed.
Around 11:30 a.m., police received a phone call from Mountain Secondary School indicating a male student may be in possession of a weapon while on school property. Hamilton patrol officers and members of the tactical unit went to the school and located the student, who they found to be in possession of crack cocaine, but not a weapon.
Police arrested the 16-year-old and proceeded to search the school where they located a pellet gun they believe to be the weapon that caused alarm in the first place. The school did not go into lockdown and the youth never displayed or pointed the pellet gun at anyone, police said.
"Hamilton police are the ones who make the decision whether or not to go into lockdown. At their direction, no lockdown protocol was taken," Jackie Penman, spokesperson for the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board said.
The Hamilton teen was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and breach of undertaking. He has been held for a bail hearing.