Ex-student held after threats made to Dutch school

The British School of the Netherlands has confirmed that one of its former students has been arrested in connection with threats to shoot pupils and teachers at a school in Holland.

All schools in the Dutch town of Leiden have been closed today, after Swiss police alerted their counterparts to threatening language being posted on online messaging boards.

The message read: "Tomorrow, I will shoot my Dutch teacher, and as many students as I can." The writer then explains they will be carrying a 9mm Colt Defender gun and a note "which will explain why I did it".

Following a security alert this morning in Leiden, we have been informed that a former student of the BSN has been arrested in connection to threats made against a Dutch school in Leiden.

This student was permanently excluded from the BSN in October 2011 after incidents regarding his behaviour and has therefore not attended the school for over a year.

We have been assured by the police that there was never a threat to The British School or to our students. The school was open as usual this morning and lessons continue as normal.

– Spokeswoman for the British School in the Netherlands