BARRIE -- A Muskoka Lakes teen faces imitation weapon charges after high schools in Cottage Country were placed into a "hold and secure" earlier this month.

On November 11, affected schools were placed into a hold and secure after police say they received information regarding a youth making comments about "potentially committing an act of violence at a local high school."

After investigating, police say officers located the imitation firearm and the suspect at a Bracebridge high school; taking him into custody.

Police charged the youth with Possession of Imitation Weapon for Dangerous Purpose CC 88, and he will appear in a Bracebridge court in January.