Tue, 22 Aug 2000

Bomb threat hits school

DENPASAR, Bali (JP): The St. Yoseph Catholic junior high school here received a bomb threat on Monday morning from an unidentified man who said he would blow up the building.

The threat, however, did not affect the school activities as its principal Alex Wayan Ludra decided not to tell the student in order to avoid them from panic.

A bomb squad deployed by the local police searched the whole school compound for two hours, only to find that the threat was a hoax.

"There's no bomb whatsoever in this school," said First Insp. Made Sudhiarta who led the squad.

While conducting the search, the police told the students that they were just doing a simulation.

A school staff Y.B. Supadmo, 50, admitted that he received the call from a man who spoke in Bahasa with Javanese accent.

The 40 year-old school has 22 classrooms with 1,114 students and 50 teachers and staff. (zen/09)