‘Ma­li­cious’ email forced pupils home

Academy took ‘pre­cau­tion­ary safety mea­sure’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A ‘MA­LI­CIOUS’ email sent to a school in Hayes forced staff to send chil­dren home, it has emerged.

The Guru Nanak Sikh Academy said it de­cided to send chil­dren home on Fri­day, June 26 as a ‘pre­cau­tion­ary safety mea­sure’ fol­low­ing the com­mu­ni­ca­tion, be­lieved to have been via email.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice have con­firmed it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent but has not made any ar­rests at this stage or pro­vided any fur­ther in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing re­quests.

A let­ter was sent out to par­ents signed by Dr Bhullar and Ran­jin­der Sandhu, the chair­man and prin­ci­pal re­spec­tively of the Multi Academy Trust which man­ages the school.

It is un­der­stood there was staff train­ing on June 26, but the academy told mums and dads in the let­ter that it sent staff and pupils home.

The let­ter stated: “On Fri­day, June 26 the academy re­ceived a ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“The in­for­ma­tion was as­sessed by the se­nior lead­er­ship team and in con­sul­ta­tion with the prin­ci­pal Mr Sandhu, Metropoli­tan Po­lice, the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion and the lo­cal au­thor­ity, it was de­cided all mem­bers of staff and pupils should be sent home as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

“I am pleased to state po­lice have traced the source of the email and have as­sured us that there is no cause for alarm.

“We would like to pro­vide par­ents with full re­as­sur­ance and con­fi­dence that their child’s safety is the ut­most para­mount pri­or­ity.

“The po­lice have of­fered to pro­vide a vis­i­ble pres­ence out­side the school gates to re­as­sure par­ents, stu­dents and staff.”

The Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, which con­verted to academy sta­tus in 2010, ed­u­cates pupils aged be­tween four and 18 and is named af­ter the founder of Sikhism.

A wor­ried par­ent told the Gazette: “My son goes to that school. Some par­ents told me about the email first.

“Then I saw po­lice out­side the school and re­ceived a let­ter. I want to know the whole story.”

A Met spokesman said that Hilling­don de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

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