School locked down after threats
A CURRIMUNDI primary school was put in lockdown after a student with a knife allegedly made threats to harm himself.
While initial reports suggested the student threatened a staff member or another student, a police media spokesperson said this afternoon that was not the case.
"There was definitely no threats to a child,'' the spokesperson said.
Police were called to Talara Primary College after the principal made an emergency call just after 11am.
The child with the knife was not believed to be inside the school grounds and was thought to be at the skate park across the road from the Talara Street school.
It is understood the child was found at home with the knife and it was confiscated by police.
No one is believed to have been injured.
A single police vehicle remained parked out the front of the school for a short time.
The drama comes just a day after a 12-year-old boy was stabbed at a Brisbane Catholic school yesterday.
Talara Primary College principal Steve Adams said there was a short lockdown, but the school was back operating as normal within the hour.
Mr Adams said the incident did not occur on school grounds.
“The safety and wellbeing of our students are paramount to us at all times,” Mr Adams said.
Greg Peach, Regional Director, North Coast said Education Queeensland would not tolerate threats and violence towards staff and students at schools.
"Staff acted swiftly to place Talara Primary College into lockdown this morning when a student was observed with a knife in a park across the road from the school,'' Mr Peach said.
"Police were immediately called and have responded.
"The school was in lockdown for approximately 15 minutes from 11.00am this morning.
"Staff and students remained calm during the lockdown and there was no danger to any student on school grounds.''
Education Queensland will provide counselling and support to staff and students affected by the incident.
A letter advising parents of the lockdown will be sent home with students this afternoon.
Opposition calls for violence figures to be released
Meanwhile, the Opposition has called on Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson to release police figures on violence in Queensland schools.
LNP police and corrective services spokesman Vaughan Johnson said it was one thing for the Government, through the Commissioner, to say Queensland schools were safe, but then sit on figures to prove the claims.
“It’s a bit hard to follow the claims from Mr Atkinson that our schools are safe, but then hear him to say there is a growing trend of knife crime in the community,” Mr Johnson said.
“We all know knife crime is on the rise and knives are used in many violent assaults.
“Apparently Education Queensland doesn’t keep records of weapons confiscated on school grounds, but the Police do.
“So it’s up to the Commissioner to release these statistics to back up his claims that our schools are indeed safe,” Mr Johnson said.