Halifax Regional Police has launched a public mischief investigation after a Dartmouth school initiated a lockdown today following what is now believed to be a prank call.
At 11:01 a.m., staff at Prince Andrew High School located at 31 Woodlawn Road received an anonymous call advising that a student was inside the school armed with a weapon. The school called 9-1-1 and initiated a lockdown. Officers assisted by a K-9 unit conducted a detailed search of the school and did not locate the student or any weapon. Officers subsequently located the student at his residence and it is not believed that he had any involvement in this matter or that he was ever armed. Officers informed the school of the results and the lockdown was lifted at 11:30 a.m.
Officers are now investigating the matter as a public mischief incident. Police take incidents of this nature very seriously as they are troubling for everyone involved and tie up police resources.
A person convicted of public mischief may be sentenced to up to five years in jail.