KUALA LUMPUR - A wave of panic swept through the state of Selangor on Tuesday morning (21 November) as several international schools in the area received bomb threats, prompting evacuations and the activation of the police.
An international school in Kajang received an email detailing a bomb threat between 9.30am and 10am, leading to the immediate evacuation of the premises.
The school also notified the students' parents, urging them to pick their children up from the school immediately.
This was confirmed by Selangor police chief Commissioner Datuk Hussein Omar Khan to The Star, who indicated that a total of seven schools in Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Kajang, Kuala Langat, and Subang Jaya were subjected to similar threats today.
He assured the public that they are taking the threats seriously and would be issuing an official statement.
"We are investigating the matter now, but we do believe that it is a hoax," stated Datuk Hussain.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Commissioner Allaudeen Abdul Majid also revealed that two other international schools in Wangsa Maju, within the Klang Valley region, also received similar threats.
"We just received a report on the incident and our men are investigating the matter," said Allaudeen.
First hand account
A pre-school teacher at one of the affected international schools, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told Yahoo Southeast Asia that all teachers were alerted about the threat via the school’s administration email at 11am.
“It was quite chaotic, students were crying as the fire alarm went off and the school was instructed to evacuate so teachers had to quickly gather children and make sure nobody was left behind,” she said.
“I would like to believe that this is just a prank and the person who did this should face serious consequences. But if it’s real, then I hope the authorities are able to promptly respond to it,” she added.
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