West Midlands Police quell fears after Balaam Wood School Incident

Written by on April 20, 2018

Balaam Wood School in Frankley went in to lockdown this afternoon.

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WEST MIDLANDS Police have moved to quell fears over an incident at Balaam Wood School in Frankley this afternoon.

We contacted the force following posts on social media.

The police were called by staff from Balaam Wood School, Frankley, at 11.25am on Friday after three men entered reception asking to speak to a student.

They were turned away and police were alerted as there were concerns they may be hanging around with the intent of harming the student.

A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ” It’s understood the school implemented its own lockdown procedures until police arrived.

“Uniformed police were at the school for reassurance purposes and armed police on standby a short distance away should the threat turn out to be genuine.

“No weapons seen. No injuries reported.

“However, no weapons were seen, no-one was injured and there was no disturbance.”


Update from Balaam Wood School:

A statement from the headteacher Damian McGarvey read: “As you are aware, I took the decision today to put the school into a partial lockdown due to the potential for an incident to occur outside of school.

“At no point were any of our pupils in school at risk, the school premises were not at any point compromised.

“We are not at liberty to disclose details of the incident as this may compromise investigations and the actions of the police.

“The response of the pupils to a distressing situation was commendable, they conducted themselves in a calm and orderly manner.

“I would like to thank parents and carers for their words of support, praise and thanks, for the actions taken by the school to safeguard their children.

“A wonderful sign of the strength of the Balaam Wood Community.”

He urged any parents wanting to discuss the matter further to contact him or Miss Haines on Monday morning and confirmed a letter would also be sent home at the start of the week.

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