Security called to high school after ‘number of threats’
MULTIPLE bomb threats have rocked an Ipswich public high school this week, with security beefed up at the school.
Queensland Police are investigating bomb hoax calls and threatening social media posts which have been against Bundamba State Secondary College, with a person of interest identified.
Students were temporarily evacuated from the school on Wednesday, while yesterday security officers were present at the school campus.
A spokeswoman for Queensland Police confirmed threatening calls were made on three separate occasions.
"Police attended and conducted searches and no suspicious items were located," she said. "Police would like to take this opportunity to ensure the community that there is no imminent threat or danger."
Principal Joanne Hughes told parents the safety and welfare of students and staff was the school's "highest priority".
"I understand there may be some concerns from parents in the school community in relation to this matter and as a precaution, security officers have been arranged to be on-site," she said.
The Department of Education confirmed added precautionary measures had been put into place at the school for safety, though normal class routines would continue
Bundamba State Secondary College principal Joanne Hughes yesterday notified parents the school had been subject to "a number of threats", and Queensland Police had been notified.
"I want to reassure you that we treat the safety and welfare of your children, our students and our staff as our highest priority," she said.
"I understand there may be some concerns from parents in the school community in relation to this matter and as a precaution, security officers have been arranged to be onsite."
Ms Hughes went on to say police were maintaining contact with the school while enquiries were made, and the school was taking the advice of police to "continue with normal routines throughout the day".
Though the nature of the threats has not been revealed, The Courier-Mail understands they were made online.
"While I appreciate your desire to know more about the issues, I am unable to provide any further details but am pleased with the support that police are providing to our school," Ms Hughes said.