UPDATE: Student arrested after allegedly bringing gun to school

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has a student in custody who allegedly brought a pellet or B.B. gun to Booth Memorial High School in St. John's this morning.

The RNC got the call about 9:45 a.m. from the vice principal of the school who had been notified by another student that a youth male of Booth had a possible weapon.

Schools in the immediate area including Booth Memorial, Bishop’s and others were notified and put into secure school mode meaning they were locked down with no access allowed

About a dozen officers were sent to the area along with two K-9 units.

At 11:00 a.m., the RNC say one K-9 unit found the male in the vicinity of the school. He was immediately taken into custody. The second K-9 unit found the weapon - a handheld pellet gun - in some bushes at the edge of the Salvation Army building next to Booth.

“It is a replica of a handgun,” Const. Steve Curnew told reporters.

Curnew said they are still investigating the matter.

“He’s being questioned so we’re unsure what his intentions were with this weapon.”

There were no injuries in the incident. Schools are no longer under lock down.

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(Earlier story)

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is holding a media availability shortly in relation to an incident involving a firearm at Booth Memorial High School in St. John's.

The Telegram will provide an update on our website as soon as more details become avaiable.

Geographic location: St. John's

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