Attack forces 2-hour lockdown

A 17-year-old student at Brampton’s Chinguacousy Secondary School remains in custody after another teen was stabbed four times in a school hallway yesterday.



Police said the 16-year-old victim was not a student at the school. He’s in serious condition in hospital with stab wounds to his side but is expected to survive.


The attack just before 10 a.m. forced a two-hour lockdown at the school, in northeast Brampton near Williams Parkway and Bramalea Road, and came just five days after the release of a damning report about violence and sexual assaults in Toronto schools.

Four nearby elementary schools were also locked down for more than an hour during the incident.

"It feels like an unsafe school because lots of bad things happen here," said Chinguacousy Grade 10 student Raychel Wells, 15, who suggested that metal detectors should be installed at entrances. "It makes us feel like we can’t go to school without bringing a knife ourselves."

Classmate Mandy Hnilo, also 15, said students were ordered to hide under cafeteria tables away from windows as heavily armed tactical officers scoured the school for weapons.

"We thought it was a drill, but then realized something serious was happening," she said.

In November 2005, a Grade 12 student at the school was wounded when a gunman opened fire at his car in the parking lot. That, too, forced a lockdown of 1,700 students.

cameras, Crime Stoppers

  • Brian Woodland, of the Peel District School Board, said Chinguacousy, like all other high schools in Peel, has surveillance cameras and its own Crime Stoppers program.