Updated May 11 at 2:30 p.m.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon after bringing a BB gun to Lasalle Secondary School Thursday morning.
The young man, a former student at the school, was speaking to a senior Lasalle student on school property at around 7:30 a.m., when he allegedly told that student he had a weapon.
The student told school staff about the situation, who contacted Greater Sudbury Police.
“Police were called to a secondary school located at 1545 Kennedy St. in Greater Sudbury regarding a young man who was believed to be in possession of a handgun,” said an email from police spokesperson Kaitlyn Dunn.
Upon arriving on the scene, officers spoke with the young man, who was already with school staff members. He was “found to be in possession of a BB gun,” police said.
Rainbow District School Board spokesperson Nicole Charette said school staff commended the student who alerted them to the situation. However, she said there was “no threat made to the school.”
A former Lasalle Secondary School student was arrested and charged after he brought a BB gun to the school early Thursday morning.
A letter to parents and guardians from Lasalle principal Maureen McNamara said that a Lasalle student had a conversation with a former student on school property before school started for the day.
“During the conversation, the former student shared that he had a weapon,” said the letter. “We would like to commend the student who reported this matter to the main office.
"We would also like to thank the Greater Sudbury Police Service for their immediate response.
“The former student reported to the main office on his own. When police arrived, they confirmed he was in possession of a BB gun. The former student was arrested and charged.”
The principal also commends Greater Sudbury Police, who were called in at 7:28 a.m. May 10 to deal with the situation, for their immediate response.
“As a precautionary measure, bus drop offs were slightly delayed as the matter was being resolved,” the letter said. “Safety, as always, is our first and foremost priority.”
Sudbury.com is attempting to find out more about the situation from Greater Sudbury Police and the Rainbow District School Board.