Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 20 November 2014

School closed after yet another security alert

Anorther security alert forced the closure of St Colm’s High School in the Twinbrook estate on the outskirts of west Belfast today.

Students were advised to stay away from the school after a suspicious object was discovered.

Police cordoned off several streets close to the school while the object was examined.

The school has been victim to a series of security alerts over the past month which have caused extensive disruption for staff, pupils and their parents.

The school’s principal Imelda Jordon has repeatedly hit out at those behind the alerts.

“My business is the business of education and I find myself in this situation because of the revolting actions of a few people,” she has said. “We are not able to get the pupils and staff into classes. I feel nothing but sadness. The pupils here have been wonderful and they are disgusted as they wanted to go to school. I know their parents are also disgusted.”

A number of parents have also voiced their anger at the disruption to their children’s schooling

A visit to the school in September by the Royal Marines to do team-building exercises with pupils may be linked to the security alerts.

Mrs Jordon said the visit had been arranged to enhance the students’ education.

Last month three teenage boys and a 22-year-old man were released pending reports after they were questioned over a series of hoax alerts in the area. They were arrested during searches in the Twinbrook area and a number of items were seized for examination.

Meanwhile, in north Belfast, part of Skegoneill Avenue was closed because of another alert. Army bomb experts were called to the scene following the discovery of a suspicious object.

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