Several schools across Germany have received emails containing shooting threats, local media reports citing police authorities. All messages are said to have similar content.
At least three grammar schools in the eastern German city of Leipzig have received shooting threats via email, MDR broadcaster reported on Monday. In Neue Nikolaischule, the threats have prompted students to barricade themselves in a classroom and call the police.
— MDR SACHSEN-ANHALT (@MDR_SAN) 17 октября 2016 г.
— LVZ (@LVZ) 17 октября 2016 г.
In Magdeburg, the second-largest city in the region of Saxony-Anhalt, two schools have received shooting email threats as well and have been searched by police. Officers have also secured the entrances to the buildings, MDR reported.
One of those schools, the Hegel-Gymnasium, sent all students home citing safety reasons.
“We are more than shocked,” the Leipzig Education Council has said on their official Twitter account. “We hope that nothing has happened and all students are safe.”