Dresden investigation leads to two schools being locked down

A suspect has been arrested as Chatham-Kent Police continue to investigate an incident in Dresden which led to the closure of two schools on Thursday afternoon.

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A suspect has been arrested as Chatham-Kent Police continue to investigate an incident in Dresden which led to the closure of two schools on Thursday afternoon.

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Police, however, stressed that the incident did not actually happen on the property of Dresden Area Central School or Lambton Kent Composite School.

“At this time, there is no immediate threat or danger to staff or students,” police said in a social media post.

Police have released no further details of the incident or arrest.

Heather Hughes, public relations officer for Lambton Kent District School Board, said the board was aware of the incident.

“As a precaution, pupils at Lambton Kent Composite School and Dresden Area Central School have been secured inside the buildings. The police case is not related to Dresden Area Central School or Lambton Kent Composite School,’ she said in an email to the Daily News.

“Staff at both schools followed (board) school safety protocols and the students were safely discharged by order of the Chatham-Kent Police Department. Chatham-Kent Police have assured schools and the (school board) that student transportation can proceed safely as planned and that parents/guardians are permitted to travel to school to pick up students.

Hughes added that the safety of students and staff is a “top priority”, saying the board appreciates everyone’s cooperation.

Parents or guardians with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact their child’s school, she added.

Police told the Daily News that no further information could be released at this time.

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