All safe and sound after threat closes school

Horsham Downs school
Photo: Horsham Downs School facebook page

A bomb scare at Horsham Downs School made for a long day but there was relief that it all ended with everyone safe and sound.

“It’s now time for everyone to take a well-earned rest and recalibrate to return in two weeks to the same Horsham Downs School that we know and love,” board chairman Mark Junge said on the school’s Facebook page.

The threat was received via electronic means and the school closed for the day on Friday.

“The issue is now with the Police who will work through the leads they have and, we hope, reach a conclusion so the person can be dealt with appropriately.”

The report that it was a former student was an assumption and not proven.  “ We very much appreciate the quick action and support received from Sergeant Neil Mouncher of the Ngaruawahia Police.”

The highlight of the day was the vivid picture painted of the tight links within the school community, he said.

“… that meant within an hour of Facebook and text messages very few people turned up at school this morning.  It has been heart-warming to see the messages of support for the staff that have been posted on Facebook and received by text and email.

Over the holidays the school will review its on-line security and has shut down the senior students Google accounts until the beginning of term three.

It was very stressful for the team, but he wished everyone an enjoyable holiday.


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