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Youth charged with careless use of a firearm from Tuesday Stephenville High incident

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A 17-year-old Stephenville male youth, facing a charge of careless use of a firearm in relation to an incident outside Stephenville High School on Tuesday, will be in court at a later date.

Cpl. John Butler of the Bay St. George RCMP said the youth was arrested and released on an undertaking with a condition to stay away from Stephenville High School.

He said at no time was there anyone at risk at Stephenville High School and the youth, who was not a student of the school, was only on the school grounds for a very short period of time with the firearm – which in this case was a pellet gun.

“According to the law a pellet gun is still considered a firearm and the youth had it and was manipulating it but never pointed it at anyone,” Butler said. “Nobody was threatened.”

He said the youth was arrested without incident and the pellet gun is in the possession of the RCMP.

Stephenville High took emergency measures before classes began Tuesday on advice of the RCMP for approximately 10-15 minutes due to reports of an individual of concern in the area.

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While he wasn’t sure of the charge, Const. Ken LaSaga of the Bay St. George RCMP said one youth is being charged in relation to the incident at Stephenville High School on Tuesday morning.

Stephenville High took emergency measures before classes began that day on the advice of the RCMP, according to a release from the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District.

It said on the recommendation of police, the school took emergency measures for approximately 10-15 minutes due to reports of an individual of concern in the area.

LaSaga would only say that there was a concern expressed and administration at Stephenville High School followed policy during the incident.

He said both the Bay St. George RCMP and the Stephenville Fire Department attended the school and both were released before 9 a.m. and the school was running as normal shortly after.

While police weren’t releasing whether it was a male or female that was charged in relation to the incident, LaSaga said the youth will be appearing in court at a later date.

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