A 50-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges including possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace after an incident last week at D. Roy Kennedy Public School on Woodroffe Avenue.

Children at the school were sent home on Sept. 26 after a man who allegedly brought a replica firearm inside was arrested by police that morning.

D. Roy Kennedy school evacuation replica firearm

D. Roy Kennedy Public School on Woodroffe Avenue was evacuated Thursday morning after police say a male was found with a replica firearm. (CBC)

The call came in to police at about 10:35 a.m. ET from the public JK-8 school at 919 Woodroffe Ave., between Carling Avenue and Highway 417.

Police said the man allegedly walked inside with what appeared to be a firearm, pulled the fire alarm and then went to the principal's office.

Responding officers arrived within minutes and used a Taser on the man. He was taken to hospital to be assessed, police said. No one else was hurt.

Children at the school were taken to a nearby church as a precaution. Due to the investigation, students weren't allowed back inside the school for the day. The school reopened Friday.

The man is facing charges including:

  • Possessing a weapon dangerous to public peace.
  • Carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Common nuisance/endangering lives or the safety of the public.
  • Mischief.
  • Making a false fire alarm.

He is scheduled to appear in court during the first week of November.