Two arrested after firearms reported at Vincent Massey
Two 18-year-old men from Brampton and Windsor were arrested
Two men were arrested Thursday after allegedly bringing guns onto school property in south Windsor.
According to Windsor police, students at Vincent Massey Secondary School alerted school officials to people on-campus in possession of firearms on Thursday afternoon.
An investigation revealed two occupants of a white Ford Focus had been on school property looking for another student. Those two men left the school area before police arrived.
Police identified a residence associated with the suspects and arrested an 18-year-old from Brampton, Ont. and an 18-year-old from Windsor without incident.
Investigators believe the incident was the result of an altercation that occurred between students earlier in the week.
The Brampton individual has been charged with 11 firearm-related charges and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
The Windsor man has been charged with occupying a motor vehicle in the presence of firearms.
Students says they feel less safe after incident
Amna Khan, a 14-year-old who attends Vincent Massey, said Thursday's incident made her feel less safe.
"School is supposed to be an environment where you're supposed to be safe," she said.
Hala Abu Rashid, another 14-year-old who attends Vincent Massey, agreed.
"It's giving us this fear that ... I have to go to school and then what happens if this guy just barges into our school with a gun and is threatening to kill us?" she said. "Am I safe here or not?"
Students realized 'immediate danger involved,' say Windsor police
Staff Sgt. Steve Betteridge, public information officer with Windsor police, said the incident was "extremely concerning for everyone involved in our community."
However, Betteridge commended students for acknowledging the need to consult with school officials.
"The great aspect of this case is that those witnesses and some students realized the immediate danger involved here and immediately brought this to school officials' attention," he said. "The school officials then did a tremendous job at quickly gathering the intel on the information they had from these witnesses and getting that to the police."
Students are 'safe at school,' says superintendent
Speaking with reporters on Friday, Greater Essex County District School Board superintendent Sharon Pyke said that "there's been no communication" between Vincent Massey Secondary School and parents because of the media attention that the incident received.
"Students are safe at school," she said. "We have lots of different procedures that we do follow and this is a clear example … Everything worked very quickly and very efficiently."
Pyke added that the incident is a police matter, reiterating that proper protocol and procedure was followed.
"We have great training that we do provide to our staff, so they know that school is a safe place," she said. "And so to take this and maybe alert more people to what that would or could be, it really becomes unfortunate when the 'If' statements come up — what if this happened, what if that happened?"
With files from Katerina Georgieva