Sacred Heart bomb hoax

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Sacred Heart Pri­mary School was evac­u­ated to Sacred Heart Col­lege last Thurs­day when the pri­mary cam­pus was threat­ened with a bomb in­side the school grounds.

Se­nior Sergeant Dar­ren McGrillen from Co­bram Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit said the school had re­ceived a phone call around mid­day on Thurs­day threat­en­ing a bomb had been planted in­side the school and was ready to det­o­nate at any time.

Stu­dents were evac­u­ated to the sec­ondary col­lege cam­pus im­me­di­ately with po­lice say­ing that staff did a fan­tas­tic job fol­low­ing their evac­u­a­tion pro­ce­dures, trans­fer­ring stu­dents to the neigh­bour­ing col­lege safely and promptly.

Po­lice ar­rived and searched the school a short time later but did not find any un­war­ranted ob­ject.

For­tu­nately the in­ci­dent had min­i­mal im­pact on the stu­dents but par­ents were no­ti­fied to col­lect chil­dren from the col­lege and later re­turned to the pri­mary cam­pus to col­lect be­long­ings.

Stu­dents had also been well be­haved with com­ply­ing with teach­ers and staff dur­ing the or­deal.

Sacred Heart Pri­mary school prin­ci­pal Arn Gor­man made a state­ment af­ter the in­ci­dent stat­ing; “stu­dents and staff were evac­u­ated to Sacred Heart Col­lege in re­sponse to a bomb threat re­ceived at mid­day last Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 14”.

“The staff fol­lowed the emer­gency man­age­ment pro­ce­dures ef­fi­ciently and ef­fec­tively, mov­ing all stu­dents to the mul­ti­pur­pose build­ing where chil­dren were col­lected by fam­ily mem­bers and car­ers. “Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from emer­gency ser­vices were very pos­i­tive in their as­sess­ment of how the event was han­dled and that ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tions were taken,” Ms Gor­man said. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way to find the per­pe­tra­tor and their rea­son­ing be­hind per­form­ing the act.

If any­body has any de­tails please con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or Yar­ra­wonga Po­lice on 5744 3641.

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