Police responded to a high school in north Whitby after reports that a smoke grenade was ignited in a cafeteria filled with students.
On Monday, June 13, 2016, at approximately 11:30 a.m., officers from Central West Division responded to Brooklin High School on Carnwith Drive West to assist the fire department. A device had been ignited in the school cafeteria, which generated a large cloud of orange smoke. The cafeteria was filled with students on lunch period at the time and caused panic in some students as they rushed to exit the cafeteria. The incident put the safety of the students and staff at risk and could have resulted in serious injuries. The school was evacuated as a safety precaution, but no injuries were reported. The device was determined to be a high-output smoke grenade that is commonly used by paintball enthusiasts.
DRPS is appealing for witnesses to contact D/Cst. Rayner of Central West Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1854 with any information about those responsible for the incident.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.