College evacuated as Kent schools are hit by hoax bomb threats
A NUMBER of Kent secondary schools received bomb hoax emails on Friday – with at least one evacuated as a result of the threats.
Castle Community College in Deal was among at least 10 establishments in the county to receive the hoax emails and a full-scale evacuation took place as a precaution.
The incidents in Kent are part of a wider series of threats made to schools across the country in recent weeks which are currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
Castle Community College principal Philip Bunn informed parents of the evacuation in a message posted on the school’s website on Friday.
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He said: "Along with at least nine other secondary schools in Kent, and indeed over 150 nationally, we received several hoax bomb threat emails.
"Because we always put the health and safety of students and staff first, we took the precaution of holding a full evacuation whilst we worked with the police to establish that this was hoax. The whole episode took around an hour.
"Everyone should be congratulated on the calm, orderly and disciplined manner with which they coped with the false alarm."
We asked both Kent Police and the Metropolitan Police to confirm the other schools affected by the hoaxes but they refused to do so – however This is Kent understands that a school in Folkestone was among those that received the threats on Friday.
The latest threats may be linked to recent bomb hoaxes at universities in Canterbury which are also under investigation by the Met.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We are investigating malicious communications sent to educational organisations around the UK. It has been going on for a few weeks."
Was your school affected on Friday? Email Rhys Griffiths and let us know what happened.