A knife-wielding teenager has plunged an entire school and two nearby daycares into a four-hour lockdown, forcing terrified children to urinate in a bucket.
More than 800 petrified students at Labrador State School in Queensland were instructed by police to ‘remain in their areas’ around 2:40pm on Wednesday.
The Gold Coast school had reportedly received threats from a 17-year-old who was allegedly brandishing a knife in public.
Plans were made to ‘safely evacuate children’ from the school and two daycares in the surrounding area, the Courier Mail reported.
Labrador State students were moved from their classrooms into the school hall where they remained for more than four hours.
Crowds of parents were seen anxiously waiting their children’s return from outside the school gates while others sat helplessly on the curb.
Queensland Police said one frustrated woman was removed from the scene in a police vehicle after getting into a verbal altercation with officers.
The students were eventually released from the school at around 6:20pm.
Gold Coast police caught up with the youth five minutes later at a Brisbane train station and have since charged a 17-year-old with possession of a knife.
‘A 17-year-old person has been given an NTA for possess knife in a public place. Police investigations are ongoing,’ Queensland police said in a statement.
‘A parent (43-year-old woman) who caused a disturbance at the school received an infringement notice for public nuisance.’
A Queensland Department of Education spokesperson said Labrador State students and staff were instructed by police not to leave their areas.
‘The school is today operating as normal and the principal has thanked everyone involved, including parents and carers, for their patience during the incident,’ the spokesperson said.
‘Senior Guidance Officers and Guidance Officer support is available to students or staff who require it.’Internet Explorer Channel Network