Schoolboy’s killing spree ‘threat’ sparks security alert at Scottish school

The Glasgow Evening Times is reporting that a schoolboy sparked a security alert after posting a threat online to commit a massacre at his own high school…

He made the threat against fellow pupils at Dalziel High School, in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.

The Evening Times understands some parents were so concerned by the online comment that they kept their children home from school on Friday.

The message, which was branded “stupid and ill-judged” by the school’s head teacher, is believed to have been posted on an online forum last week and was read by parents who then alerted staff.

Teachers investigated and spoke to the pupil, who cannot be named for legal reasons, before it was confirmed that the threat was a hoax.

Robert Birch, head teacher of Dalziel High School, said: “As soon as we became aware of this statement, we spoke to the pupil and it was immediately clear he regretted his ill-judged and stupid comment…”

 

I know I’ve been banging on about this a bit, but I have a horrible feeling this is going to become a significant trend once people realise how much disruption can be caused so easily with online threats against schools. 

The school in this case did not go to the police – I wonder if that is the right approach? What do you think? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

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Comments

  1. spawneedave

    Every threat should be taken seriously. I would rather spend time working out if a threat is serious or if it is a bad taste joke. You only need to think of “the boy that cried wolf”. We need behavioural intervention teams like that have in the USA here in the UK in schools, colleges and universities.

  2. spawneedave

    Every threat should be taken seriously. I would rather spend time working out if a threat is serious or if it is a bad taste joke. You only need to think of “the boy that cried wolf”. We need behavioural intervention teams like that have in the USA here in the UK in schools, colleges and universities.

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