The Mirror is reporting that a sixth form college was closed yesterday in a security alert after it received ‘threats to pupils and staff’.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the College will be closed today. Any updates will be posted onto our website.
— Wyke College (@WykeCollege) January 15, 2016
Initial investigations into threats to Wyke College. Thought to be 1 of a number of hoax emails sent to educational facilities worldwide.
— Humberside Police (@Humberbeat) January 15, 2016
Staff from Wyke College in Hull called police at around 8.25am this morning and students were told to evacuate the building.
School buses carrying students were also ordered to turn around.
It is understood the threats were contained in an e-mail sent to the college.
Humberside Police said it is now investigating the incident.
A spokesman said: “Humberside Police take all threats seriously and will investigate the incident.
“As a precautionary measure the college have taken the decision to close the college while a fully investigation is carried out.
“It is not thought that there is a threat to the safety of the staff, students or public, however Humberside Police officers have been deployed to the location to provide reassurance and complete an investigation into the threats received.”
The force later tweeted the e-mail is thought to be “one of a number of hoax emails sent to educational facilities around the world”.
The college tweeted this morning: “Due to unforeseen circumstances the College will be closed today. Any updates will be posted onto our website.”
A text parents received from the school this morning said: “College is closed today due to a security alert. The College is dealing with this. Please make your way home as best you can.”
This is clearly difficult, but if schools are going to close every time someone sends an email like this – even though police can very rapidly confirm it is likely to be a hoax – are we not going to face huge disruption in our schools?
Or is it one of those situations where no risk can be taken and a safety-first approach has to be adopted?
What do you think – should schools be prepared to ignore these threats or do they have to close and evacuate until the police say otherwise?
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