Language not on lockdown?

A lone gunman bursts into a school — no, wait, five gunmen. Police arecalled. The school is locked down. Emergency Task Force officers arriveand search the building, room by room. Nearby streets are blocked off.A sobbing, pregnant woman is wheeled out on a stretcher.

A lone gunman bursts into a school — no, wait, five gunmen. Police are called. The school is locked down. Emergency Task Force officers arrive and search the building, room by room. Nearby streets are blocked off. A sobbing, pregnant woman is wheeled out on a stretcher.

A faux emergency unfolded at the Bickford Centre Thursday, fuelled by the rumour mill and a student who, unaware the school was in the midst of what was actually a lockdown drill, texted a friend, who called police.

There were no gunmen — and no, the principal and caretaker were not taken hostage, although a pregnant woman was in distress given all the chaos.

The centre houses adult English as a Second Language classes as well as a small, alternative high school at Bloor Street West near Christie Street. It’s not known if a language barrier caused yesterday’s confusion.

All schools must hold two lockdown practices each year.

 
 
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