Critical Alert

Bomb threat to Glenmore school may be from overseas

Police in Glenmore State High School in Rockhampton During bomb threat.
Police in Glenmore State High School in Rockhampton During bomb threat. Kelly Butterworth

UPDATE 3PM: 

Queensland Police this afternoon issued a statement on the threats issued to several schools, including Glenmore State High School, across the state today.

"The Queensland Police Service has conducted extensive inquiries in relation to a number of threatening phone calls made to schools across the state this morning," the statement said.

"We are confident that the calls have come from overseas, and have been designed to cause significant disruption and media coverage. At this time, there is no credible evidence the threats could be carried out here.

"The Queensland Police Service continues to work closely with Education Queensland to ensure the safety of all school children across the state.

"We are also aware of a number of schools in other states and countries having received similar phone calls in the past week.

"Investigations into the threatening phone calls are continuing, but at this time there is no cause for alarm.

"Police would like to remind the public that making threatening phone calls is a serious criminal offence, and these incidents will be fully investigated."

It's believed the incident was resolved just before 1pm, with children returning to school at the time.

 

UPDATE 12.45PM: SIX police officers from the Rockhampton region are currently on the grounds at the Glenmore State High School, searching buildings to ensure there is no suspicious devices.

Senior Sergeant Ralph Faria said police were called to the job at 9.45am.

"At the moment there has been a bomb threat call received by the school, so as per the school policy they have evacuated all the students from the school grounds and called police," Snr Sgt Faria said.

"We have attended here and all we are doing at the moment is just doing a precursor search of all the buildings and surrounds to ensure there is no suspicious devices here.

"At this stage nothing has been localted and if anything is located we will take it further, but at this stage we don't expect there to be."

Schools have all been evacuated to the primary school grounds. 

It is expected that the search will conclude very soon. 

UPDATE 12PM: GLENMORE State High School is among multiple schools in Queensland evacuated this morning after bomb threats. 

 

Students have also been evacuated from Bounty Boulevard State School in North Lakes, The Gap Senior High School, Townsville Senior High School and Buddina State Primary School. 

The threats, which were phoned in, come after similar incidents interstate. Eight school in Sydney yesterday received violent threats with several put into lock-down. 

Similar threats were issued last week against schools in Sydney and Victoria. 

Police are working with Education Queensland. 

"We are also aware of a number of schools in other states and countries having received similar phone calls in the past week," police said in a written statement.

"We are liaising closely with Education Queensland.

"Making threatening phone calls is a serious criminal offence and these incidents will be fully investigated."

UPDATE 11.58AM: THE Morning Bulletin understands it is only the high school that has been affected and it is business as usual at Glenmore Primary School. 

Students from the high school have reportedly been evacuated to the primary school oval and are waiting in 36 degree heat for the school to be declared safe. 

BREAKING 11.43AM: A QUEENSLAND Police spokesperson has confirmed Glenmore State High School in Rockhampton was a victim of state-wide bomb threats this morning. 

The Morning Bulletin understands the school was evacuated at 10am and there is a high police presence at the scene.

Some children have reportedly returned home. 

More to come. 

Topics:  bomb, bomb threat, education queensland, glenmore bomb threat, glenmore state high school




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