Good afternoon, St. Mary’s Families –

As you may be aware, earlier today shots were fired on school grounds outside of St. Mary’s High School.

Police have since determined the weapon involved was a “starter’s pistol” and the blank cartridges were fired into the air.

Police believe this to be a targeted incident.

School staff immediately informed Waterloo Regional Police of the incident and the school was briefly placed in a school-initiated lockdown, before shifting to a hold and secure, which was then lifted at the direction of police.

We are thankful that there were no injuries, however, we understand this situation was traumatic.

Police have issued a description of the suspect.

WRPS News Release:

WCDSB social workers were immediately dispatched to the school to assist any students and staff who may be experiencing trauma as a result of today’s events.  That support will be ongoing.

The school board is cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation and thank WRPS for the fast and thorough response.

We recognize that the events of today were jarring and traumatic and greatly appreciate how diligent our students were about listening to staff and following all emergency procedures.

If you or your child are in need of mental health support over the weekend, Here 24/7, a mental health crisis line, is available by phone. Please call 1-844-HERE247 (1-844-437-3247) at any time, twenty-four hours a day. Here 24/7 –  website

In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency department.

Board supports will be available for students at school next week.

We will communicate further over the weekend as more information becomes available.

Take care,

St. Mary’s Administration Team