Update – Lockdown: Hamilton school locked down for the second time in two days


Published November 30, 2023 at 1:18 pm

Bernie Custis Secondary School.
Bernie Custis Secondary School.

Update 2 p.m. Police continue to search Bernie Custis Secondary School which is about an hour into its second lockdown. investigators have also closed down Melrose Ave, which runs along the west side of the school, from King St. to Cannon St.

Hamilton’s Bernie Custis Secondary School is locked down for the second time in as many days.

On Nov. 29, Hamilton Police confirmed the school at 1055 King St. E. was locked down after for investigation. While police did not initially share what sparked the investigation, they did confirm they had five people in custody. The neighbouring Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre and Jimmy Thompson Pool were also shuttered.

However, the school remained on lockdown for several hours while officers searched for a bag believed to have a gun in it. Police called the search off a couple hours later, but did not confirm if they’d found anything.

Investigators later shared the investigation concerned drug trafficking at the school. One of the five arrested was a 15-year-old they accused of selling drugs. The boy cannot be identified due to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Police said they responded to the school after reports of a “potentially armed” person. They learned the quintet they later arrested had left the school in a car and fled to a nearby gas station. Police searched the car for a gun, but did not find one. They learned the gun may have been left behind at the school and scoured the place afterward.

They charged the 15-year-old with possession of fentanyl, two counts of possession of cocaine and possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000. However, they have filed no firearms charges.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Nov 30, police confirmed the school was once more under lockdown. They did not say whether this latest lockdown is related to yesterday’s events but they did confirm that the lockdown was related to a weapon.


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