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Gun scare at École Chêne Bleu


PHOTO BY DAMON JAMES ROLOFF

Exam week at Pincourt's École Chêne Bleu got off to a rough start as the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) was called following reports of two students bringing guns to the school.

“We were just having lunch in the atrium when I noticed everyone was beginning to congregate in there and teachers were blocking all the exits,” said a student. “I saw the police coming in and they searched two students and their backpacks.”

As per the exam schedule of the week, students were let out just before 2 p.m.

SQ spokesperson Sgt. Joyce Kemp said police received a call just before lunch. “Teenagers were seen near the entrance to the school and one of them seemed to have a firearm.” The firearm was later determined to be a pellet gun.

Police responded according to the protocol for the programme de reponse d'établissement securitaire (PRÉS) resulting in many police vehicles at the scene. While Kemp declined to specify how many officers responded, seven cars were counted on the school grounds.

Though the two teenagers were taken away in separate police vehicles, Kemp said no formal arrests had been made.

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