Hoax evac­u­ates school

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Drouin Pri­mary School stu­dents and staff were evac­u­ated on Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter the school of­fice re­ceived a bomb threat. The threat was later deemed a hoax. Po­lice be­lieve the threat­en­ing call was linked to other threat­en­ing and sim­i­lar calls at schools around the state on Thurs­day.

Po­lice said the school re­ceived a tele­phone call at about 10am. The caller told the staff mem­ber there was a bomb in the school.

Po­lice said the school en­acted its emer­gency man­age­ment plan.

When po­lice ar­rived, all staff and stu­dents were on the school oval. They then moved to the Drouin Recre­ation Re­serve oval.

Po­lice con­ducted a thor­ough search of the class­rooms be­fore deem­ing the area safe.

A post on Face­book alerted par­ents that the “school is locked down and no one is to ar­rive at school. All chil­dren have been safely moved to Drouin Recre­ation Re­serve. We will be here for a few hours.”

“We would like par­ents to come and col­lect your child from the rec re­serve. You must sign your child out with their teacher. You can­not go to school and get your bag,” the school an­nounced.

The school an­nounced just af­ter noon that staff and stu­dents had re­turned to the school and it was safe for any stu­dents who had been signed out to re­turn to the school.

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