27 May 2016

Primary school locked down after false alarm about intruder

3:20 pm on 27 May 2016

A school was locked down and called police after a communications company accidentally told it there was an armed intruder on site.

Waikanae Primary School Principal Bevan Campbell said the false alarm came in a text from School-Links, a company that provides a text messaging service for the school.

He said the company told him the text had been written during a demonstration to another school, but it was not clear how it was actually sent.

School-Links said human error was at fault and it has apologised to the school.