As the police announced in the evening, civil investigators temporarily arrested four people. These are two 12-year-olds, a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old. The police confiscated two toy guns from them. One of the 12-year-olds and the 13-year-old are suspected of threatening a teacher with a weapon in a classroom at a district school in Blankenese. In the evening it became known that there was a similar threat situation at the Mendelssohnstrasse school in the Bahrenfeld district. A teacher there is also said to have been threatened. The situation at both schools was calm again in the evening. Nobody got hurt.
Large-scale police operation
In the Blankenese district school on Frahmstrasse in the morning, a teacher in an 8th grade classroom was threatened with a gun by two young people or children in front of students, a police spokesman said. The two boys are said to have aimed at the teacher. According to police, they then left the classroom and fled in an unknown direction. It is still unclear whether these are students from the Blankenese district school. The school principal alerted the police after the incident. A large contingent searches the school. The search was unsuccessful. It was only after more than four hours that the police gave the all-clear. A total of 400 police officers were on duty. A police helicopter circled over the scene for hours.
School in Blankenese evacuated
Shortly before the fourth lesson, the director asked the children, young people and teachers to lock themselves in the classrooms. Armed emergency services then combed the school room by room and escorted students out of the buildings. “We have no information about the whereabouts of the perpetrators in the building,” said a police spokesman in the afternoon. “We are no longer assuming a threatening situation at the moment.”
“A few started crying”
The people who were still in the building were taken to a collection point. Many worried parents were already waiting at the assembly point set up at the Reich President Ebert Barracks. “I was in a meeting and got the call from my daughter crying,” said one father. The teacher organized karaoke with the children to distract them. One student described how she was in the music room when the announcement came to lock herself in and stay quiet. “A few people just started crying,” she said after being welcomed by her father.
During the operation, the police asked that the area around Frahmstrasse in Blankenese be avoided as much as possible. There were also road closures in the area of Schenefelder Landstrasse and Simrockstrasse. In addition, S-Bahn traffic has now been stopped between the Sülldorf and Klein Flottbek stations.
Students should come to school on Thursday
There are around 1,150 students and more than 120 teachers at the Blankenese district school. On Thursday, the students should be at school at 10 a.m. and gather in their classes as normal. Employees of the crisis intervention team and school psychologists will then be on site to work through Wednesday’s events together.
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