Reynolds secondary on hold-and-secure during Lochside Trail fight

Reynolds hold and secure lasts about 20 minutes

Reynolds secondary students stayed five minutes past dismissal on Tuesday when the school was placed on hold-and-secure.

In the end, students were released at about 2:05 p.m., just after their expected 2 p.m. dismissal.

“A call came in at about 1:40 p.m. of a fight in progress near the Lochside Trail behind Saanich Centre,” said Sgt. Jereme Leslie of Saanich Police. “The school was advised and they went into a hold and secure until we were able to attend/ensure the kids wouldn’t be at risk.”

It’s possible the fight was over a stolen bike but nothing is confirmed as of yet, Leslie said.

It was the first hold and secure at Reynolds since principal Tom Aerts arrived a few years ago, though he’d been through them before at Vic High and Cedar Hill middle school.

“Saanich Police asked us to hold and secure, we locked the doors, but it only ended up being about 20 minutes when they let us know students could safely travel home,” Aerts said.

Police canvassed the area Tuesday afternoon for possible witnesses and video of the incident.

reporter@saanichnews.com

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