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Police called to Highland school as pupils evacuated following 'bomb scare'

By Val Sweeney

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Police have been called to a Highland secondary school following reports of a "bomb scare".

Pupils and staff at Fortrose Academy on the Black Isle were evacuated from the building earlier today and police officers remain at the scene.

Pupils have been sent home early but there has been criticism that parents were not alerted to what was happening.

A Police Scotland spokesperson confirmed that officers received a report of "a threat made to a high school in Fortrose" about 11.20am.

"Officers are at the scene and inquiries are continuing," the spokesperson said.

"As a precaution, staff have evacuated the building."

Hundreds of pupils were evacuated from Fortrose Academy today.
Hundreds of pupils were evacuated from Fortrose Academy today.

One mother of an S3 pupil found out about the incident when she was contacted by her daughter at lunchtime.

She understood the police told the school that the building needed to be evacuated immediately following a bomb scare.

"Obviously there were a lot of people in the building," she said.

"They were made to walk around the school sports pitch for about two hours.

"They were then taken into the leisure centre."

She said that buses were then sent early to take pupils home but maintained many parents had were still unaware of the incident as they had not been informed by the school.

"I think it is disgusting that they didn't let the parents know," she said.

"I think the way it has been handled is absolutely disgusting."

Other parents said they had not been called.

Highland Council has been contacted but declined to give a comment.

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