Teenager arrested in connection with a bomb threat to Myton School in Warwick - The Leamington Observer

Teenager arrested in connection with a bomb threat to Myton School in Warwick

Leamington Editorial 21st May, 2024   0

MYTON School in Warwick had to be evacuated this week after receiving a bomb hoax.

All of the 1,600 students at the school were evacuated out of the building and police were called on Monday morning (May 20).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was also called to the scene but medics were then told to stand down.

Parents were kept in the dark for several hours about what was going on at the school in Myton Road and pupils in year 11 had to be evacuated out of their GCSE exams.

The school initially reported having received a “vague threat” via email against the school and said they had evacuated all the pupils as a precautionary measure.

Locals were told to keep clear of the area and Myton Road was closed.

All pupils were returned safely to their families by the end of the day and police remained on site.

But the school remained closed on Tuesday (May 21) to all students apart from those sitting exams.

Warwickshire Police then reported that a teenage boy from Leamington had been arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning on suspicion of making a bomb hoax.

Chief Inspector Faz Chishty said: “We appreciate the concern and disruption caused to pupils, staff and the local community and I would like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

“Our primary concern is always the safety of staff and pupils and I’d thank them for the exemplary way they responded.

“Following a search of the site we are now satisfied it is safe for staff and pupils to return to the building. The school will be communicating with parents on plans for reopening so please follow their direction.

“We will be maintaining a high police presence in the area over the coming days to provide reassurance to staff, pupils, and parents. If you have any concerns, please talk to one of my officers.”

A post on the school’s Facebook page on Monday (May 20) read: “This morning we received a vague threat via email against our school. As always the first priority was the safety of students and staff, who were all evacuated from the buildings.

“Throughout this incident the children have been amazing and Mr Perry would like to thank every single one of them for acting so responsibly in a very trying situation. The police chief inspector has said thank you for your patience and support. He also thanks staff and students for their very prompt responses.”

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