Te Puke Primary School to close for 24 hours following bomb threat

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Bay of Plenty Times,
Publish Date
Mon, 31 May 2021, 1:01PM
Police outside Te Puke Primary School this morning. Photo / Stuart Whitaker
Police outside Te Puke Primary School this morning. Photo / Stuart Whitaker

Te Puke Primary School to close for 24 hours following bomb threat

Author
Bay of Plenty Times,
Publish Date
Mon, 31 May 2021, 1:01PM

Te Puke Primary School has been evacuated after receiving a bomb threat this morning.

A police spokesman said police received advice of a bomb scare at Te Puke Primary School on Cameron Rd at 9.30am today.

The students and staff from the school were evacuated to Te Puke High School across the road while police investigated, he said.

The police spokesman said neighbours in the street were also advised of the incident.

The school posted on their Facebook page around 11.45am saying police had advised that the school buildings remain evacuated for 24 hours.

Te Puke Primary School principal Andrea Dance said they were told a bomb was on the school grounds and police were doing a sweep but had not found anything.

She said teachers had done "a marvellous job" in evacuating the pupils quickly and they were being guided by police.

Te Puke High School said via social media they had not been evacuated and school was running as usual.