Terror rumours, worried parents, empty schools
A hoax bomb threat and panic SMSes cascaded into hundreds of students staying away from school in New Delhi, reports Ritika Chopra.delhi Updated: Aug 08, 2008 00:22 IST
A hoax bomb threat and panic SMSes cascaded into hundreds of students staying away from school in the city on Thursday.
Police searched a school for explosives and a school even asked students not carry schools bags for the next few days.
“Don’t send kids 2 school. Threat of terrorist attack,” read one of the SMSes that spread like wildfire among parents.
The SMSes followed a hoax bomb threat received by Modern School, Vasant Vihar, on Wednesday. The rumours were so strong that police searched for explosives at Shri Ram School in Gurgaon. Assistant Commissioner of Police Sumit Kumar later said the rumours were baseless as neither the school nor the police had received any threat call.
Schools in south Delhi were flooded with phone calls from anxious parents who wanted to know if all was well. “Quite a few parents called to find out if we were going to continue our after-school programmes. Though we did not cancel our after-school schedule, I did not force the panic-stricken parents to send their children for these classes,” said Suman Kumar, principal, Bluebells International School, Kailash Colony.
Several schools have decided to step up security. “Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar, sent students home with a circular with new rules for the next few days,” said a parent. “Students have been asked to not carry schools bags and parents will not be allowed to park cars in the school.”