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Ten Queensland schools evacuated following bomb threats

Queensland Ambulance Service treated school children for heat stress after multiple bomb threats were made to schools across Queensland on Tuesday.

Queensland Ambulance Service responded to a call to MacGregor State High School in Brisbane's south, one of the schools believed to be evacuated after a bomb threat.

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Bomb threats at Queensland schools

Schools are evacuated across Queensland on Tuesday after multiple bomb threats were received.

A spokeswoman for QAS said paramedics responded to a 14-year-old boy with heat-related illness.

Bomb threats were made via phone calls about 9.30am to numerous schools in the Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Cairns and Rockhampton regions.

Buddina State School has been evacuated after an alleged bomb threat.
Buddina State School has been evacuated after an alleged bomb threat. Photo: Sam Cucchiara

Department of Education and Training said the threats followed a "similar nature made recently to schools interstate and overseas".

"All of these schools immediately enacted emergency procedures to ensure the safety of students and staff, and contacted police.

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"Parents can be reassured that all students are safe. The Department of Education and Training is continuing to work closely with police following the threatening calls." 

Buddina State School on the Sunshine Coast was one of the several schools evacuated Tuesday morning.

Buddina State School on the Sunshine Coast has been evacuated following an alleged bomb threat.
Buddina State School on the Sunshine Coast has been evacuated following an alleged bomb threat. Photo: Nikki Cooper

A parent at Buddina State School said she only found out about the school's evacuation through social media.

"A friend posted about it on my (Facebook) wall and I just came down to the school," she said.

A parent at Buddina State School found out about the school's evacuation through social media.
A parent at Buddina State School found out about the school's evacuation through social media. Photo: Nikki Cooper

About 100 parents have arrived at the Kawana Community Hall, a few hundred metres from the school, to collect their children.

The parent who spoke to Fairfax Media said no one from the school was telling parents why the school was evacuated. 

"I wouldn't have known anything about it if my friend hadn't posted it on Facebook."

The mother of a student in grade one at the school said parents had to leave their children's bags at the school to be collected tomorrow.

A statement from Bounty Boulevard State School, in the Moreton Bay Region, said there had "been a hoax phone call this morning which has resulted in us having to evacuate the school to the oval."

"Police have been in attendance and provided us with clearance to return to classes. All students are safe and are resuming learning."​

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had been advised of the incidents and that police were taking the threats against schools "extremely seriously". 

Evacuated Queensland schools:

  • Surfers Paradise State School
  • Caningeraba State School, Gold Coast
  • Oxenford State School, Gold Coast, (school has since resumed)
  • MacGregor SHS, Brisbane
  • The Gap State High School, Brisbane
  • Buddina State School, Sunshine Coast
  • Townsville State High School
  • Bounty Boulevard State School, North Lakes
  • Glenmore State High, Rockhampton
  • Woree State Primary School, Cairns

- with Amy Remeikis