STAFF and students at Northern Adelaide Senior College and TAFE SA’s Elizabeth campus were forced to evacuate early on Monday morning, after threats were received via the college’s website.
Northern Adelaide Senior College student Lorelle Alexander-Smith said she and other students were moved several times during the incident.
“It wasn’t long after we all sat down in our first class that we got told to evacuate the building, so we all went out to the evacuation assembly area and then a couple of minutes later we were told to move around a bit further,” she said.
“We were around by the sound building and then a few minutes later we were told to move away even further, and by that time a fire truck and police had come past the place and we were around the skate park.
“We weren’t told about what was going on at that stage…but the police started blocking off the roads and we were told
to walk across to where the car wash place is on the corner, and that’s pretty much where we stayed.”
Miss Alexander-Smith said the ordeal was a little frightening, but that staff and emergency services dealt with the
situation extremely well.
“It all went on until about quarter to 12. I had gone to the library for a bit, and then I walked back and everyone was allowed back in,” she said.
“The staff were just fantastic, they kept everyone relaxed and brought food along because there was some people with babies as well, they did such a fantastic job.
“It was really nice because in situations like that people turn around to each other and comfort each other.
“It was nice comfort in a bad situation.”
TAFE SA facilities, ICT and procurement services executive director Craig Carter said the evacuation was caused by an online threat.
“(Monday) morning at approximately 9am, the Northern Adelaide Senior College, based at TAFE SA’s Elizabeth campus, received a threat via its website,” he said.
“Management at the campus was immediately notified, emergency authorities were called and the campus was evacuated.
“Authorities have given the campus the all-clear and all operations have resumed as per normal.
“The incident is now under review from relevant authorities.”