The Pas RCMP have arrested two teens who were caught walking through the streets with what turned out to be an air pistol, triggering an hour-long lockdown of all area schools.
Police say they were called to Opaskwayak Cree Nation just after 11 a.m. and quickly arrested the accused without incident. Initial reports were that the firearm may have been a rifle.
RCMP say a second firearms call came in shortly after. That prompted police to advise school officials to lock down the schools in both OCN and the neighbouring community of The Pas just before the noon-hour.
Police finally cleared the situation just after 1 p.m., determining the second firearms call was actually connected to the arrests they’d already made.
Kelsey School Division superintendent Doug Long said five schools were affected.
The Pas has two elementary schools (Kindergarten to Grade 5), one junior high school (Gr. 6-8), one high school (Gr. 9-12) and an alternate school.
"In some schools, the kids are all moved to one area of the building and in others they are put in different sections. The critical thing is that no kids go out. We’ve been told this is an external situation," said Long.
Long said lockdowns are infrequent in The Pas, adding this is the first time one has occurred during the 2013-14 school year.
The ages of the two teen suspects, and the charges they are facing, have not been released. RCMP say the investigation is ongoing.