Kent schools evacuated AGAIN as another day of nationwide bomb scares causes chaos in the classroom

PUBLISHED: 12:28 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:43 27 May 2016


It comes after two schools in Canterbury were evacuated on Monday

Anonymous bomb threats made to schools in Ramsgate, Maidstone and Welling have caused more evacuations - just days after schools in Canterbury suffered the same fate.

Officers were called to Dame Janet Primary Academy School in Ramsgate after an incident was reported at 10.01am.

Pupils and staff initially gathered on the school field following an evacuation of the building by the school before being sent home.

Officers were also on the scene Bower Grove School in Fant Lane, Maidstone, after they received a telephone call at 10.15am, where they completed a search before pupils were also sent home having been moved to Westborough Primary School as a precaution.

A spokesperson for Welling School in Bexley said: “A suspicious call was received by Welling School this morning.

“As a result, and as a precautionary measure, all students and staff were quickly, calmly and safely evacuated in line with school procedure.

“Police were made aware of the threat and attended Welling School immediately.

“The call has now been identified as a hoax and is under thorough investigation by the police.

“Whilst the police investigation is underway we have been advised that we are unable to comment any further.

“As you know, the safety and wellbeing of our students is paramount and we take matters such as these very seriously.

“Please note that students who were involved in public examinations and were interrupted will not be disadvantaged by the Exam Board.

“We would like to thank our students for behaving in an exemplary manner and following instructions.”

Dozens of schools nationwide have experienced similar scenes this morning.

Students at the Canterbury Academy on Monday had to be pulled out of GCSE exams after a similar threat was made, while Barming Primary School was also evacuated around the same time.

In addition to the first two reports, two schools in ‪‎Folkestone - Stella Maris Primary School and Sandgate Primary School - both received calls on Friday that suggested that a man was in the area with a firearm.

Officers attended both schools and following an assessment they will both remain open.

Police say all of today’s calls are being reviewed in connection with calls that have been received by establishments nationally.

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