Social-media weapon threat at Alnwick school sparks police action

The new Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick.
The new Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick.

Police were called into Alnwick’s high school yesterday after pupils posted about taking a weapon into school on social media.

A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “On the morning of May 24, police received a report of concern following a social-media post made by two pupils of the Duchess’s Community High School, Alnwick. The post referred to them bringing a weapon to school.

“Officers later attended the school, giving advice to students in the school assembly and providing reassurance that there was no immediate cause for concern.

“The pupils involved and their parents have been spoken to and supported with their welfare. There will be no further police action.”

A joint statement from the Duchess’s Community High School and Northumberland County Council said: ‘Following concerns raised by students from the Duchess’s Community High School in response to messages they had seen on social media relating to planned events to cause disruption at an upcoming school assembly, the school immediately contacted police.

“The police supported the school and took action to reassure all pupils that there was no threat to their safety. They also spoke to the pupils concerned and involved their parents.

“The safety of all pupils is our utmost concern and all threats are treated seriously.”