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Maidstone headteacher reassures parents after pupil 'gun' threat at Valley Park

Monday 21st January 2019

A HEADTEACHER has written to reassure parents after a pupil allegedly made threats to carry out a shooting at a Maidstone school.

Anxious families posted on social media over the weekend claiming a boy in Year 10 at Valley Park School was at the centre of the scare.

Many of the posts have since been taken down but one parent told Downs Mail that some children had been kept out of classes today by concerned families.

This morning, headteacher Vic Ashdown wrote directly to parents to allay their fears. He said: “We were made aware on Friday afternoon of a threat made by one of our students against the school. 

“We take such matters extremely seriously and the student was immediately collected from school by their parent. 

“We are currently working to identify the level of risk posed by this threat and, if any further action is deemed necessary by our parent body, we will contact you again. 

“In the meantime, school will continue as normal for all students.”

A Kent Police spokesman confirmed officers were investigating. A spokesman said: "Police received a report of an alleged threat at a school in Huntsman Lane, Maidstone. The report was received at 2pm on Saturday, January 19. Enquiries are ongoing."