Security alerts close 26 schools across the UK on GCSE exams day

The Mail Online is reporting that bomb threats have forced the closure of 21 schools across the UK on a day of GCSE exams.

Thousands of pupils had to evacuate schools from Kent to Newcastle after a number of anonymous phone calls.

Most of the schools received threatening calls between 10am and noon today [Monday], sparking emergency services to swoop onto the scene and parents being told to collect their children, in what appears to be an organised hoax.

Police rushed to Canterbury High School after an anonymous caller said there was a bomb on site…

All pupils were evacuated from the academy including 240 pupils sitting a GCSE English exam…

Head teacher Phil Karnavas said secretarial staff received ‘repeated’ calls from an adult male claiming an explosive device was hidden in the school.

“It’s almost certainly a hoax but with what’s happening across Europe I’m not prepared to take that gamble.”

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  1. TheBirmingham6

    SchoolsImprove unintended consequences when Govt uses hoaxes as part of its central Islamophobic narrative

  2. TheBirmingham6 SchoolsImprove Except that Peter Clarke in his investigation of Trojan Horse read 3000 messages between members of the Park View Brotherhood which ‘either promoted or failed to challenge views that are grossly intolerant of beliefs and practices other than their own.’
    These included demonstrated an ‘intolerant Islamist approach that denies the validity of all beliefs…including within Islam itself’.
    Are you suggesting that these 3000 messages are part of a coordinated hoax?  Or are you unwilling to accept that intolerance can be found in all groups, including Islamic ones?
    Just for the record, I would be equally angered by such stirring up of hatred if it were coming from other faiths, tribes, political parties etc.  Such prejudice should be challenged wherever it comes from.

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