Long praises agencies following school’s precautionary closure

Alliance MP Naomi Long has praised the agencies involved in temporarily closing a local primary school as a precaution following the receiving of a threat.

Mrs Long said the malicious communication, received by Elmgrove Primary School in her East Belfast constituency via email today (Thursday), was”reckless in the extreme” due to the disruption it had caused.

“I have spoken to the police and have been reassured they are fully investigating a definite line of enquiry,” she said.

“I want to praise them for putting extra police around the school, and extend that commendation to the Belfast Education and Library Board and school staff, who took decisive action in handling this situation.

“Elmgrove’s closure is only a precaution but it was a wise one to take. The receiving of this malicious communication is deeply concerning and brings nothing but stress and disruption to the children of the school, as well as local residents.

“I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact police regarding it immediately.”


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