School Evacuated After 11 Year Old Brings Grenade To Class

Category: Society / Dec 05, 2012 10:26AM EDT
Students from the Hunter Christian School in Newcastle in Australia were evacuated on Wednesday (December 5) when an 11-year-old brought a hand grenade to class for show and tell. The students were taken to a near by park while police and bomb appraisal technicians examined the hand grenade. School principal Boyd Allen commented on the situation: "One of our students brought innocently to school what she thought was a money box in the shape of a grenade. She showed it to the teacher when she arrived at school, the teacher has been understandably alarmed because it just didn't look like a money box that he thought might have actually looked like a grenade. He's admittedly been concerned and contacted our head of primary and the two of them consequently arrived in my office with it in hand," Police have indicated the grenade resembles a World War Two "pineapple" type and is inactive, as confirmed by Duty Officer Gerard Lawson: "We've had it appraised by our local bomb techs (technicians) who have sent some photos off to the department of Defence who are concerned enough to actually send people from Sydney to come and take possession of the item," Classes at the school did not resume and students were sent home,