Shooting threat targets elite school
TERRIFIED parents have kept their children home from the prestigious Brisbane Grammar School after a shooting threat was made by a Year 11 student.
The boy, who allegedly has a history of bullying, violence and instability, posted on social media a photograph of a gun with the words "Some of you are alright. Don't come to school tomorrow".
Alarmed students reported the incident on Tuesday night and on Thursday afternoon parents were contacted by deputy headmaster David Carroll.
He said school staff had met with the boy on Wednesday morning and "ascertained that there was never any danger to BGS students or staff".
Parents are furious that the student has not been suspended or expelled.
One concerned mother, who has not sent her Year 10 son to school since the incident, said the boy had boasted to peers that he had access to guns.
"Look at all the school shootings in the US where parents said 'we knew he was a threat but the school let him back into the school'," she said.
A father, who estimates dozens of kids have been kept home, said the school had put students at risk by not forcing the boy out.
"They have missed the greatest opportunity to make an example of this - whether it's a mistake, in jest, or serious, no-one actually knows.
"If you make a bomb threat on a plane you get turfed off and this is no different. We expect zero tolerance," he said.
"The wishy-washy response from the school is giving the green light to other kids to do this."
Mr Carroll said the threatening image was shared on Snapchat. Other students then took screen shots and circulated it to a broader audience.
"The school has contacted the appropriate authorities and is working with the boy and his family," he said.
A Queensland Police Service spokesman said police were made aware of the incident and investigations revealed the boy obtained a generic gun image from the internet and did not have access to weapons.
"The student was interviewed and subsequently cautioned under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act for using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence. The Queensland Police Service treats all potential threats to the safety and security of the community seriously," the spokesman said.
"This incident is a timely reminder for parents and carers to remind young people of the risks associated with careless or inappropriate posts on social media that may cause fear of harm to fellow students, schools or the community."