Strike Force to investigate school threats which disrupted HSC exams

Strike Force to investigate school threats which disrupted HSC exams

A Strike Force has been established to investigate threatening emails sent to more than 30 schools in the past two days, including at least four in Macarthur.

More than 20 high schools received a threatening email yesterday which forced evacuations and disrupted HSC exams across Sydney.

Thomas Reddall High School (Ambarbale), Elizabeth Macarthur High School (Narellan Vale), Mount Annan High School and Elderslie High School were among those targetted.

More than 10 high schools were hit again today with a similar email. These schools were in regional NSW.

All schools enacted emergency response plans and no injuries were reported.

Specialist teams and local police also thoroughly searched all affected schools, and failed to discover any items of interest.

Strike Force Rolum has been launched today by detectives from the Cybercrime Squad to investigate the circumstances and origins of the emails.

Police are working with the Department of Education to ensure the safety of all school communities and appropriate notifications and information to parents and students of affected schools.

The NSW Educational Standards Authority (NESA) released a statement about today's disruptions.

"NESA is aware of this morning's Biology exam being interrupted at a number of schools after receiving a threatening email," the statement read.

"This afternoon's exams will continue as scheduled unless students are advised otherwise by their school.

"NESA is continuing to work closely with the school sectors to support HSC students.

"Where an exam is interrupted for 40 minutes or more at a school, students will be dismissed by the Presiding Officer and affected students will not have to re-sit exam.

"Where there is a delay of 60 minutes or more to an exam starting at a school, students will be dismissed by the Presiding Officer and affected students will not have to re-sit exams.

"Schools will submit to NESA group applications for illness and misadventure on behalf of affected students.

"NESA has rigorous and longstanding processes to make sure affected students get a fair result."

Today's exam timetable:

Biology

9.25am - 12.30pm

Agriculture

1.55pm - 5.00pm

Classical Greek Continuers

1.55pm - 5.00pm

Japanese Beginners

2.00pm - 4.40pm

Modern Greek Beginners

2.00pm - 4.40pm