Hand grenade at show-and-tell sparks school emergency
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 - 01:03
Dec. 5 - An Australian school is evacuated after a student brings a hand grenade to class for show-and-tell. Sarah Charlton reports.
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Police surround a school in Australia's Newcastle, as a typical day for students is turned upside down.
Earlier in the day, an 11-year-old-girl brought a hand grenade into class thinking it was a money box.
After presenting it at show and tell, a teacher raised the alarm and the school was evacuated.
SOUNDBITE: SCHOOL PRINCIPLE OF HUNTER CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, BOYD ALLEN SAYING (English):
"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 been...it actually looked like a grenade."
Local media say the device resembles a World War Two "pineapple"-shaped grenade, which is reportedly inactive.
SOUNDBITE: POLICE DUTY OFFICER GERARD LAWSON SAYING (English):
"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 did not resume after the evacuation and students were sent home.
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