A school in Greater Manchester was closed on Monday after a man made online gun threats.
Just before 11 a.m., armed police arrived at Golborne High School in Wigan, where reports were received that a man claiming to possess a gun was threatening the school.
Several police vehicles were spotted near the school gate and the school was closed as a precaution.
Concerned families gathered outside the school after reading about the threat on social media and the police’s response.
a parent told Manchester Evening News: “I didn’t know what was going on, I called them [their child] And got no response. it was scary.”
Another said: “I was at home with my wife and we got a call saying something happened so I shot here.”
Wigan Division’s Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Chief Inspector Liz Sanderson said in a statement that armed officers were “deployed to the scene and the school was closed as a precaution”.
She said: “There were threats on the Internet and no one approached the area with a shotgun.”
Later on Monday afternoon, GMP confirmed that the incident was deemed a “hoax”.
In a Facebook post, Golborne and Loughton West councilors Yvonne Cleave, Susan Gambles and Gena Meret shared an updated statement from the force.
“At around 10.42 am today (22 November) police received an online report, now believed to be a hoax, of a man claiming that they were on their way to attend a school in Lowton Road, Golborne, with a shotgun. “The statement said.
“The officers attended and it was established that no one was present with the firearm.
Inquiries are on and police patrols will continue in the area in the coming days to reassure the public, the statement said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /