Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

School evacuated after gun threat by teenager

Students were evacuated from a school in Bedfordshire after a pupil was threatened by a teenager who said he would shoot him, it was revealed today.

Pupils were sent home from Samuel Whitbread Community College in Clifton, near Shefford, yesterday after as teenager who is not from the college threatened the student.

He was arrested last night but has now been bailed, police said today.

The incident came on the same day a German teenager shot dead 15 people in a school massacre then killed himself.

Today Samuel Whitbread headteacher Rob Robson said: "Students at Samuel Whitbread Community College were sent home early (1.30pm) on Wednesday, March 11 following discussions with the police.

"Students at the school had reported concerns about an alleged specific verbal threat made to one of them by an individual who has no connection to the college and who does not live in the locality.

"This individual was subsequently arrested, taken into custody and questioned by the police.

"The closure was a precautionary measure. The college's primary concern is always the safety of students and staff, and this isolated incident was dealt with swiftly and efficiently.

"At no point was any student at the school in danger."

A Bedfordshire Police spokeswoman said the force's schools liaison officer had been called to the school and a uniformed officer was sent to the other teenager's house.

She said the teenager had been arrested and taken to Greyfriars police station in Bedford but had now been bailed.

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