School bomb threat calls received

2017-11-02 06:00

DRAMA unfolded at Lotusville Primary School after the principal received a call from a school governing body member saying there was a bomb “hidden at the school” on Monday, October 23.

According to the Verulam SAPS and Reaction Unit South Africa, teachers and 850 pupils were evacuated from their classrooms to the school grounds.

Bomb disposal and dog units were called in to search the school, but nothing was found.

Head of Reaction Unit South Africa Prem Balram said: “Members of Reaction Unit South Africa were dispatched to Lotusville Primary after receiving a call from a [teacher] reporting a bomb on the property. Several reaction officers responded to the school and upon arrival it was established that two anonymous­ calls were received by the school regarding the bomb threat. Reaction officers assisted teachers to evacuate approximately 850 pupils from their classrooms to the school grounds.”

SGB treasurer Mohamed Ebrahim said he received the first two calls at 11.33am on Monday.

“I ignored the first two calls. When the caller called again, I took the call.

“The guy said: ‘There is a bomb at the school.’ But he didn’t say the bomb was at Lotusville Primary. As the treasurer at the school I assumed it was Lotusville. I contacted the school principal and alerted him.”

Ebrahim thanked Rusa and the SAPS Verulam for their swift reaction and co-operation.

“I would also like to thank the principal for the way he handled the evacuation at the school,” Ebrahim said.

Principal Mr T. Govender said: “I can confirm that we received a call from the treasurer of the SBG informing me about a bomb that was in the school. We had to evacuate the pupils to a place of safety. On Tuesday we called the pupils and assured them it was a hoax. Everything is back to normal at the school.”

SAPS Verulam spokesperson Captain Henry Kisten said the police were investigating.

“The bomb disposal and dog unit searched the premises and nothing was found. The matter is being investigated by Verulam SAPS.”

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