School in lockdown after threats of violence

UPDATE FRIDAY: Clinton Primary School in Gladstone went into temporary lockdown at lunch time on Thursday after reports of a young boy assaulting several adults on school grounds.

Acting school principal Heidi James was tight-lipped about the incident, asking The Observer to contact Education Queensland for more information.

Education Queensland refused to release a statement, stating parents would be informed of the incident.

But many parents were still in the dark on Thursday evening, relying on information they had heard from their children at the school gate.

"We haven't heard anything about it from the school," said Nicole, a parent of two children who attend the Harvey Rd school.

"When we picked up the kids at 2.45pm, they kept saying there was a real stranger danger lockdown and real policemen.

"They were really excited about the drama.

"They obviously felt safe because they'd practised the drill."

A Queensland Police representative said a child protection unit would now be investigating the incident.

THURSDAY 4.30PM: Reports today of a student making threats of violence at Clinton Primary School forced the Harvey Rd school into temporary lock down.

It is believed a student had made threats of violence against a fellow student in the early afternoon.

The school implemented protocol, which saw the episode swiftly end.

Police assure parents and students the situation was under control, safety was never compromised.



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