Bomb threats force 14 schools in UK and 5 in Paris to be evacuated

The Mirror is reporting that police yesterday evacuated 14 schools across the country over ‘bomb threat’ fears.

Six schools in Birmingham, four in London and four in Cornwall had to be evacuated.

Meanwhile in Paris, five high schools were also evacuated after receiving bomb threats by telephone around mid-morning, the Paris education authority said…

Metropolitan Police say four schools, three of which are believed to be Ricards Lodge School, Rutlish School and Raynes Park High School, have been evacuated over threats.

A spokesman said: “Police were informed of four separate calls made to schools across London this morning (26 January) claiming a suspicious device had been left at their premises.

“The schools have been evacuated as a precaution while the incidents are looked into.”

“At this stage, the incidents are being treated as malicious communications.”

Officers in Cornwall said secondary schools in Penzance, St Ives and Truro received calls suggesting the threats at about 8am and as a result school heads decided to carry out the evacuations…

After police attended, by 9am there was found to be no threat and no risk to any children or staff…

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Subsequent reports suggest this was the result of a Russian-based Twitter group intent on causing “mayhem”: Schools bomb hoax drama: Russian Twitter group claims responsibility (Mirror)

 

Here we go again. Just wait until it starts happening during exams (and it will).

It’s a very difficult call, but do schools need to have a default position of ignoring these threats unless the police say otherwise?

If not, the disruption is going to be enormous. And to my knowledge, recent terror attacks haven’t come in the wake of a specific threat being sent.

Thoughts?

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  1. TW

    ” It’s a very difficult call, but do schools need to have a default position of ignoring these threats unless the police say otherwise?”

    Yes.

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