Security threats should be taken seriously, says MHA after bomb hoax at Evergreen Secondary School

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SINGAPORE: Security threats should be taken seriously, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), following a bomb hoax at Evergreen Secondary School on Thursday (Jul 21).

Evergreen Secondary School in Woodlands evacuated students and staff on Thursday morning after receiving a bomb threat.

The police conducted a comprehensive search of the school grounds, and the threat was ultimately proved to be baseless.

“Even if the threat was proved to be fake, such security threats should be treated seriously,” the MHA stated on Facebook.

“It is critical to have safety and security standards in place, as well as to practice crisis plans on a regular basis.”

The ministry also emphasized the significance of maintaining cool in the face of a crisis and only resorting to official or reputable sources of information.

“This will ensure that we do not spread any misinformation that could create unnecessary panic.”

According to MHA, the Home Team has been working with community partners to improve its emergency preparedness capacities, specifically for terror threats.

Education Minister Chan Chun Sing tweeted about the fake bomb threat at the school earlier in the day, claiming that police had completed their security inspections and found it was a hoax.

In response to questions later, the police stated they were notified of the purported bomb threat around 7.40 a.m.

According to the authorities, no threat materials were discovered during security checks, and a male teenager is aiding in the investigation.

Source: CNA News

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