An end of year “prank” at a Dundee secondary school resulted in police having to speak to a pupil following rumours of a “bomb threat”.
Police had to step in after a number of concerns circulated on social media that a pupil at Grove Academy had made several serious threats about making a “bomb”.
Following inquiries, police said the matter was “dealt with” and there is no threat to the school.
The Grove Academy Twitter account acknowledged the threat rumours, and confirmed the school had spoken with “outside agencies”.
We are aware of the situation on social media regarding today and have been taking the appropriate steps. We have been liaising with all relevant outside agencies. Please be reassured that we are doing all we can to deal with this situation.
— Grove Academy (@Grove_Academy) April 27, 2018
In an online statement, the school said: “We are aware of the situation on social media regarding today and have been taking the appropriate steps.
“We have been liaising with all relevant outside agencies. Please be reassured that we are doing all we can to deal with this situation.”
Parents took to Twitter in response to the school’s message to criticise it for being vague and call for clarification.
One said: “Well if any parents weren’t worried they will be now by this vague statement full of the usual officialese jargon. If you have something to say, be precise or say nothing at all.”
A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “We are aware of comments circulating on social media.
“The individual involved has been spoken with, and the matter has been dealt with.”
In 2015 the school “cancelled” a final day for sixth year pupils following reports of pranks which were allegedly to be carried out by departing pupils.
It was reported at the time sixth year pupils were asked to leave the school on the preceding Thursday to avoid any potential havoc, dubbed by parents as “outrageous”. The following year’s event passed peacefully.