COOL HEADS: Buddina State School principal Debe Crotty deals with a bomb scare that caused an evacuation until police could secure the area. PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON
COOL HEADS: Buddina State School principal Debe Crotty deals with a bomb scare that caused an evacuation until police could secure the area. PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON John Mccutcheon

43 Qld state school bomb hoaxes in 10 days

THE disruption caused by bomb hoaxes at 43 Queensland state schools in less than 10 days is something the Department of Education regrets.

Buddina State School received a recorded message bomb threat last Tuesday and Noosaville State School and Caboolture State High School were evacuated after threats last Friday.

There were another 20 schools outside the Sunshine Coast evacuated after threats on Thursday alone.

A Department of Education spokeswoman said schools took emergency action based on police advice.

"Schools communicate with parents as soon as they practically can to reassure them their children are safe," she said

"Our first priority, as always, is to ensure the safety of all students and staff."

She said all schools prepared and planned emergency procedures to ensure the safety of students, staff and others on site and those procedures included guidelines for responding to bomb threats.

"Each school has its own procedures, which reflect the needs and circumstances of the school and its students."

She said the department understood and regretted the disruption to learning and the distress and concern the threats had caused students, staff, and par-ents.

"We appreciate the professionalism that school staff and the Queensland Police Service have shown in responding to these threats and ensuring the safety of all students.

"The Queensland Police Service will continue to work closely with the department to ensure safety in all schools across the state.

"The health and wellbeing of all students and staff remains the highest priority."


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