Threat call to Kelso High School was a hoax say police

Kelso High School on Monday
Kelso High School on Monday

Police have confirmed that a hoax threat call was responsible for the evacuation and search of Kelso High School on Monday.

Pupils and staff were ushered from the premises following the phone call around 2.30pm. Police, fire and ambulance crews attended.

The grounds were sealed and guarded as a search of the 700-pupil school continued into the early evening.

This morning a spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police responded to Kelso High School around 2.30pm following a suspicious call.

“The school was evacuated as a precaution while officers carried out an investigation before determining the building was safe and the call was a hoax.

“Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and anyone with information relevant to this incident is asked to contact police immediately.”

Pupils returned to the school this morning. Scottish Borders Council – the education authority – will make a statement later.