Cornwall: Man, 35, charged after alleged threat at high school

A 35-year-old man from Scarborough, Ont. The man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly threatened staff at a Cornwall high school with a gun early Monday morning, prompting a brief lockdown.

A note sent to families said the incident happened during school hours at Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School on Tyotown Road.

“During school hours this morning, a male approached two staff members and was found to be in possession of a weapon. Fortunately, the staff managed to get into the building and are now safe. Police were contacted and while they awaited their arrival, the school was placed on lockdown for approximately 45 minutes,” said a release from the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO).

Ontario Provincial Police said they were called to the school around 10:30 a.m. Police said only that the man had a “sawed-off weapon.” No one was reported injured.

Officers used a Taser on the man before arresting him.

The man faces several charges including assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats and possession of an imitation weapon for a dangerous purpose. Police did not name the man in a news release.

The accused remains in custody, police said.

CDSBEO said counseling staff will be available to provide support should students and staff need it.

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