Schools in the UK have been put on lockdown amid a major safety alert after an email threated to ‘run down and shoot’ children.
Police have confirmed that “malicious communications” were sent to schools ‘across the country’.
An email allegedly threatened ‘pupils would be run down’ if they left the building or shot down.
Schools across the country, including London, Durham, Cambridge, Suffolk and the West Midlands, have been affected while numerous other police forces are monitoring the situation.
Frantic parents are reported to be arriving at schools in a desperate attempt to remove their children.
“Enquiries continue to establish the facts and forces are working together to investigate who is responsible.
Marlborough Primary school in Plymouth and Plymouth City College are among 12 schools affected in the Plymouth area.
Suffolk Police said: “Suffolk Police have received 14 reports of malicious hoax communications made to schools, Thursday 28 March.
“Suffolk County Council is working to support police and the affected schools.”
Headteacher of Plymouth’s Marlborough Primary School Rachel Summers said: “We followed procedure by phoning 999, phoning the police, as soon as we received that email – and then went into lockdown, so that children were all inside, with doors locked, nobody in, nobody out, just to be safe and make sure children were ok.
According to the Cambridge Times, the email says that at 3.15pm a car will drive into as many students as possible as they try to leave.
It reportedly reads: “If you try and evacuate them the driver will get out and shoot any student leaving.
“You have a choice here, you can ignore this email and risk the lives of the students you say you care for, or you can listen to what we are telling you.
“The only way out is to go out with a BANG.”