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‘Former pupil’ causes disturbance as Gardai called to Laois school


Gardai were called into a secondary school in Laois this afternoon following an incident when an unauthorized person entered the building.

LaoisToday understands that this person was a former pupil of Colaiste Iosagain who had left the school earlier in the year.

Contrary to rumours though, the individual was not carrying a knife or any type of weapon.

LaoisToday understands that the person entered the school and began shouting in a threatening manner.

We believe he said: ‘I’ll kill you all’, ‘ISIS are going to get you’, and ‘you’re all going to die’.

It is understood that the teachers then attempted to calm him down and although he pushed and shoved some of them, they did eventually manage to calm him.

It was at that point that Gardai arrived on the scene and took the person away.

Speaking to local media, Principal Seamus Bennett confirmed that the Gardaí were called.

“They sorted out a situation for us,” he said.

Mr Bennett said there was “no knife and no-one injured”.

“It was not a current pupil in the school. I want to quell the rumours that anyone was hurt, no-one was injured.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.