Brackenfell academy school shut down after bomb scare:
An air of uncertainty lingers in Brackenfell after Protea Heights Academy pupils were rushed home following a bomb scare.
Brackenfell bomb scare forces Academy school to shut down
Videos showing the pupils seated on the school field, looking on at SAPS’ bomb squad combing the premises, have surfaced on social media.
As reported by Netwerk24, the school made an S.O.S call to the Brackenfell police after a letter came in via mail making threats about an active bomb.
Reacting quickly, Protea Heights Academy staff led the evacuation of pupils, some of whom were in the middle of a Matric finals examination.
A teacher confirmed to reporters that the pupils are, indeed, safe and that school has been cancelled until further notice.
Was this linked to Brackenfell High race row?
Developments at Protea Heights Academy occur as the town sobers from heightened racial tensions that were witnessed outside Brackenfell High School earlier this week.
In fact, it’s quite a coincidence. No end was met in Monday’s racial clashes between Brackenfell locals and EFF protesters.
Thus, the emergence of a bomb threat, at a school situated in the same district as Brackenfell High, has prompted speculation about a concerted effort being made to “disrupt the exams.”
This supposed link in the two incidents, however, has not been confirmed by authorities.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED_ had not issued a statement on updates at the school, at the time this article was published.