Primary School In Lockdown After Alleged Threat, Police On Scene
A primary school in the Gold Coast is reportedly in lockdown after receiving a threat.
Helensvale State School on Lindfield Road is in a "precautionary lockdown", according to a message sent to parents, reported by the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“Parents are asked not to attend the school as nobody other than the police will be able to enter school grounds," the message read.
Gold Coast Police received a report just after 9.30am, they confirmed to 10 daily.
"Police are currently in attendance to verify the authenticity of the alleged threat," a spokesperson said.
A call to Helensvale State School went unanswered.
Regional duty officer Inspector Karen Shaw told media on Tuesday afternoon that two calls were made to the school overnight.
She said the calls are believed to be from the same person, reports the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“Police have listened to the threats and no threats where made directly to students or parents," Shaw said.
“The children are okay. They have been fed, given water and had toilet breaks."
The lockdown was lifted at about 1.30pm on police advice, a Department of Education spokesperson told 10 daily.
"Parents and carers were informed of the situation via SMS and email, and a letter will be sent home with students," the spokesperson said.