Yet another school shooting in the American continent, this time in Canada.
A 14-year-old student was shot and killed at a Toronto high school Wednesday, forcing frightened teens to stay in their locked-down classrooms for hours as police searched the building into the evening.
The school, C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, is located near a poor area of Toronto noted for years for its high crime rate, in contrast to the low rate for the nation as a whole.
Witnesses say there was a fight outside the school before the victim Jordan Manners was chased inside and shot down.
After police received a call about a possible drowning at the school, they arrived to find the 14-year-old in serious condition from a gunshot wound. He later died at a hospital.
The police went into the school with tear gas, crowbars and sledgehammers in the expectation that the gunman was still in the school, possibly trying to hide among the other students. Finally no arrest was effect nor any weapon recovered.
By evening buses arrived to begin evacuating the students who had locked themselves in.
Police tape still surrounded the school at 8 p.m. and forensic investigators were expected to work into the night. The school was due to open again Thursday morning with grief counsellors called in to talk to students and staff.
Three high schools in the eastern province of Nova Scotia were evacuated after reports of bomb threats.
A 14-year-old in the eastern province of New Brunswick was arrested after an explosive device was found in his school, and six teens in Ontario were arrested for allegedly writing bomb threats at a local elementary school.
Students have a right to a safe school environment. It is shocking that such a crime could take place in our schools, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair told a news conference Wednesday evening.
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