Woman charged over threats which forced GC school into lockdown

A 36-year-old woman has been charged after allegedly making threats towards a school at Upper Coomera yesterday.

The northern Gold Coast school was placed into lockdown twice on Tuesday after allegedly receiving threats via social media.

Police rushed to the campus and conducted a safety check of the area, determining the threats to be a hoax.


Following investigations into the incident, a 36-year-old woman from Upper Coomera was charged with use of a carriage service to menace or harass, wilful disturbance at an educational facility and fraud.

She is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on June 28.

Police said in a statement that “while there was no credible information to indicate any direct threat to any individual or school, the Queensland Police Service takes all threats seriously with public safety paramount.”

“Queensland Police would like to remind the community that making threats, regardless of the forum, are treated seriously and offenders face serious criminal charges with significant penalties.”

Investigations are ongoing.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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I feel for the staff, children and their families. The school tries their best to ensure the safety of their students are top priority and staff whilst in lockdown. I can understand the stress families are under whilst waiting outside but no child wants to walk outside after being kept safe to hear their parent has been hurt outside. Also people forget that the staff have families that are concerned for them too. Teachers may have children who attend other schools on the Gold Coast are left to wonder whether their mum or dad are ok. It would be really… Read more »