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Racists blamed for bullet sent to Tobermore Primary School

BY CLAIRE WILLIAMSON

A bullet sent in the post to a primary school is being treated as a hate crime by the police.

It is understood the bullet arrived at Tobermore Primary School yesterday along with a sympathy card.

Tobermore Primary in Co Londonderry has said the letter did not target any child at the school.

Principal Deirdre Madden said the matter was in the hands of the PSNI now.

Police have confirmed they are treating the incident as a hate crime. It is believed the threat may be targeting a foreign national family who recently moved into the area.

It is understood the youngest daughter of the family attends Tobermore Primary School and the eldest daughter attends a Catholic secondary school.

Education Minister John O'Dowd said: "I condemn utterly any attempt to intimidate or bully anyone within the school community.

"There is no justification whatsoever for such behaviour."

UUP MLA Sandra Overend said: "A primary school should be a place of safety for all children, and to send a bullet to one is an act of utter madness."

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