Schools in the UK have been put on lockdown after an email threated to ‘run down and shoot’ children when they leave school today. Police have confirmed that “malicious communications” were sent to schools ‘across the country’. An email allegedly threatened ‘pupils would be run down’ if they left the building or shot down.
Schools across the country, including London, Durham, Cambridge, Suffolk and the West Midlands, have been affected while numerous other police forces are monitoring the situation.
Frantic parents are reported to be arriving at schools in a desperate attempt to remove their children.
The email reportedly says, “If you try and evacuate them the driver will get out and shoot any student leaving. You have a choice here, you can ignore this email and risk the lives of the students you say you care for, or you can listen to what we are telling you. The only way out is to go out with a BANG.
Parents are being urged to contact their child’s school for further instruction.
A Plymouth City Council spokesperson said: “Parents should follow the guidance provided by their school. We are requesting that parents do not ring the police as we are in contact with the schools to offer advice and reassurance, and to keep them updated on the investigation.”
A Metropolitan Police statement said: “The Met has received a number of reports relating to malicious communications sent to schools across London on Wednesday, 28 March. These are currently being treated as hoaxes. There is no evidence to suggest that this is terror-related.”