UPDATE - Colo High evacuated, Cybercrime Squad investigating
Cyber Crime detectives are investigating after a suspicious package on school grounds saw pupils evacuated from Colo High school around midday, including Year 12 students sitting their HSC exams.
The school received an email identifying a suspicious item on school grounds.
Staff told parents via Facebook that there didn’t seem to be a specific threat but police were called and all students and staff were moved to the school’s top oval.
Parents were told not to try and pick their children up while police examined the school grounds.
An hour later the school was deemed safe by NSW Police and students went back inside to attend a full school assembly so everyone could be updated. The school day then continued as normal and finished at the regular time.
The HSC Visual Arts exam continued as scheduled. Group misadventures have been submitted for both the Legal Studies and Visual Arts exam.
NSW Police are investigating the origins of threatening emails, which disrupted dozens of Sydney high schools today.
Just before 11am, a high school on the Lower North Shore received an anonymous email, making threats toward the school.
Since that time, at least another 18 high schools across Sydney, including Colo High, received similar threatening emails.
The schools enacted their emergency response plans and contacted police.
Local officers were assisted by specialist officers to conduct extensive searches at each of the schools, but no items of interest have been found so far.
Police are working with the Department of Education to ensure school communities are informed of all necessary information for parents of affected schools.
Initial inquiries suggest the threats are linked and detectives from the Cybercrime Squad will lead the investigation into the circumstances and origins of the emails.
Police are reminding the community that sending threatening emails is a serious criminal offence.