A 13-year-old girl is facing multiple weapons-related charges, after being arrested by Regina police during a lockdown at F.W. Collegiate School on Friday.
The girl, who cannot be named under provisions in the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested after allegedly entering the school with a firearm, sending the school into lockdown.
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She has now been charged with two counts of assault with a weapon, and one count each of possession of a weapon, use of a firearm during commission of an indictable offence and carrying a concealed weapon.
The Regina Police Service (RPS) first responded to a call around 9:15 a.m. on Sept. 23 that a youth at the high school was in possession of a firearm.
The school and its staff and students were immediately placed into lockdown. Six other elementary schools in the area were also instructed to instigate Secure-the-Building protocol as a safety measure.
Investigation inside the high school found no one physically harmed, and led police to a home on the 1300 block of Fleet Street.
According to police, the teen allegedly pointed the firearm at two staff members inside the school, before leaving the premises.
Two youths were arrested at the time, including the 13-year-old suspect, and officers located an airsoft firearm believed to have been the weapon reported in the incident. Police did not clarify at that time whether the teen was a Johnson student.
An police spokesperson said Monday that while no physical injuries were reported, the act of pointing a firearm at another individual is considered assault on one’s person, prompting the two assault charges.
“The firearm doesn’t need to be discharged; it’s still considered assault,” the spokesperson said. “Investigation did reveal that did occur, and charges are related to that.”
Police do not expect charges to be laid against the second youth arrested Friday. The spokesperson said the individual was taken into custody at the time as an investigative precaution, but has not been determined to have been involved.
“The other student was arrested at the time due to the seriousness of the offence, and that they were present,” the spokesperson said.
The 13-year-old was to appear in youth provincial court Monday morning.
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