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February 23, 2022

Hanover Police respond to a report of a student with a handgun at John Defenbaker Senior School

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On Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022, at about 2:00 p.m., Hanover Police officers responded to the John Diefenbaker Senior School on 18th Avenue following an unconfirmed, third-hand report of a student possibly in possession of a handgun. A ‘hold & secure’ was initiated for the safety of students and staff while attending officers conducted an immediate assessment and investigation of the claim.

Within an hour, HPS officers located and seized a pellet pistol and arrested at 14-year-old youth on a charge of ‘Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public Peace’. While the investigation remains ongoing, initial indications suggest the weapon was not fired at anyone nor was anyone threatened with it.


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