Australia More NSW schools target by bomb hoax emails, HSC exam interrupted

05:08  28 october  2020
05:08  28 october  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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"Unfortunately we've had more than 20 schools across Sydney impacted by the emails that were threatening bombs ," Education Minister Sarah Mitchell confirmed to the ABC. Police said initial inquiries "suggest the threats are linked" and detectives from the cybercrime squad will lead the investigation

Two HSC students who were sitting exams today were Yuyin and Aryan, who said they were told it was an email bomb More than 10 schools have now been impacted by the threat - a figure which is The NSW Department of Education said all schools ' Emergency Response Plans have been activated.

More NSW schools have been sent bomb hoax emails, sparking mass evacuations and interrupting HSC exams.

Yesterday more than 20 high schools received anonymous threats over email, suggesting suspicious items were on the grounds.

Today at least 10 more high schools in regional NSW were sent similar threats.

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Those impacted so far are Moss Vale High School, Bomaderry High School, Kiama High School, Bowral High School, Yass High School, Vincentia High School, Narrabri High School, Yanco High School, Merriwa Central School, and Nowra High School.

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"The emails inform the school that a bomb has been placed on the grounds and will be detonated if they don't hand over cash. " Schools have been visited by police to reassure them that the incident is being treated as a hoax and address any concerns. "We take all incidents of this nature extremely

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The Principal of Moss Vale High School confirmed HSC exams had been interrupted, saying: "the school is dealing separately with those students, in consultation with the NSW Education Standards Authority, which runs the exams."

The NSW Education Standards Authority also confirmed the interruption.

"This afternoon's exams will continue as scheduled unless students are advised otherwise by their school," a spokesperson said.

NSW Police have established Strike Force Rolum to investigate the emails.

NSW Education Minister Sarah Mitchell said students will not be able to resit the tests.

"The main exams yesterday were Legal Studies in the morning and Visual Arts and depending on the time the threats came to the school, some students were able to sit their exams without disruption, some were interrupted partway through," she told Today.

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