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Four arrested following gun scare at Georgetown high school

Last Updated Apr 18, 2019 at 8:46 pm EDT

Three male teens face charges following a lockdown at Georgetown District High School. 680 NEWS/Mark Douglas

Four suspects are under arrest after a Georgetown high school was placed in lockdown for nearly four hours on Thursday.

Halton Regional Police say Georgetown District High School was placed on lockdown around 3 p.m. after a staff member at the school observed individuals with what appeared to be guns.

Nearby Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School and Christ the King Catholic Secondary School were placed in a hold and secure as a precaution before being lifted 90 minutes later.

“Significant police resources were deployed, including uniform officers and Emergency Services Unit officers (Tactical Response Unit and K9) to ensure the safety of students and staff within the school and to conduct a thorough investigation into the reported weapons sighting,” read a statement released by police Thursday evening.

Police began the meticulous task of ferrying students out of the school to a nearby location where they could be picked up by anxious parents.

“Parents: we see your tweets and understand that you would like this process expedited. The safety of those in the school is our priority,” police tweeted.

“This is a slow and methodical process and we thank you for your patience.”

Police have not released the ages, identities or charges against the four individuals arrested. It’s also not clear if the four were students at the school. No word if any weapons were recovered.