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article imageToronto Learning Center in Lockdown After Training Drill Special

By KJ Mullins     May 21, 2009 in Crime
An adult learning center in Toronto is in lockdown after people reported armed gunmen entering the building, ordering students to the ground. It turned out to be a training drill.
Police have responded to the Bickford Centre at Bloor and Christie Streets at 10:47 am Thursday morning. Police responded after a citizen called in to report that armed gunmen had stormed the building.
Police have no confirmation of anyone with a gun.
Later it was reveal that the school was in the middle of a drill. The police had not been informed of the drill.
For more than two hours the police had stopped traffic in the area.
EFT officers set up a command post on the northwest corner of the campus. They are ready for possible hand offs.
The Vancouver Sun reports:
"We're trying to work out the legitimacy of the call," said Const. Tony Vela early Thursday. "The area has been blocked off and emergency crews are on scene. We are going to assume this is a real call just to be safe."
The area has been blocked off.
The center is holds English as a second language courses and citizen classes. It is part of the Toronto School System.
When Digital Journal called the Toronto School Board the media contact Terry said he had no information other than a report of a lockdown at the school.
Digital Journal talked with Tony Vela, spokesman for Toronto Police about the situation. "At this time the police are clearing the school."
It is still unclear as to how many men entered the building or how many students have been taken hostage.
The TTC is affected in the area, but the subway station at Christie has not been closed.
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