Foresthaven Secondary School pupils, among them matriculants who were about to write their Mathematics examination, were left traumatised and fearing for their lives after being rushed to the school grounds following a bomb threat, last Thursday.
At around 8am, the school received a call stating that an explosive device was placed on the school premises. The school then invoked the school’s standard emergency evacuation plan and pupils were assembled in the school grounds.
While the nervous pupils waited at the assembly point and concerned parents gathered outside the school, Phoenix SAPS, Metro Police, local security companies and the SAPS Bomb Disposal Unit arrived.
After a thorough inspection of the school by bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs which took hours, no device was discovered and the all clear was given for the school to return to normal.
Management at the school decided to postpone the Mathematics exam until Thursday, June 21. The school was dismissed at 11am with pupils claiming that they were afraid to return to class after the bomb threat. No injuries were reported during the ordeal.
A number of parents assembled outside the school gates and expressed dissatisfaction with the incident. “There is always a problem at this school. Pupils walk all over the teachers and create incidents to skip school. They can often be found hanging in the area long before school closes for the day,” said a concerned parent.
Principal of the school, Mrs N Naidoo, addressed the assembled parents.
“When we received the call about the bomb threat, we had to take precautions. We suspected it could have been one of the matric pupils trying to get out of today’s exam, but we had to take the required precautions to evacuate the school and call in the SAPS. These calls cannot be ignored,” she said.
Communications officer of Phoenix SAPS, Cpt Louise Naidoo, said the school received an anonymous call about an explosive device planted in the school yard.
“The SAPS Bomb Squad and the bomb disposal dog were dispatched to the scene. A thorough search was conducted and no bomb was detected. Bomb threats are taken very seriously. Calling in false bomb reports is an offence,” added Cpt Naidoo.
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