STUDENTS and personnel of a Quezon City high school were safely evacuated on Wednesday after a school official received a message from a chat group saying there were terrorists who placed bombs inside the compound.

The bomb threat, however, turned out to be a prank as responding lawmen from the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) only found a "package" which turned out to be a school bag with notebooks and lunch box of a student.

Lt. Col. Richard Mepania, Police Station 15 chief, in his report to BGen. Nicolas Torre 3rd, QCPD director, said Assistant Principal Cristina Palma David, of San Francisco High School in Barangay Sto. Cristo, Bago Bantay, reported the alleged bomb threat at 2:30 p.m.

David told police that she received the message via Messenger from a certain John Kevin Mangahas which read: "May mga teroristang nakapasok sa school n'yo at naglagay sila ng mga bomba sa mag building. Paalisin n'yo na lahat ng mga estudyante bago pa iyan sumabog (There are terrorists who got inside your school and they put bombs in the buildings. Better evacuate the students before the bombs explode)."

The QCPD immediately deployed its men particularly from the ordnance and explosives unit to secure the area and check out the "bombs".

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But Mepania's men only recovered a package that turned out to be a school bag with notebooks and a student's lunch box.

Last Monday, classes in New Era Elementary School in Barangay Culiat, also in the city, were temporarily halted following a bomb threat that was received by a teacher through an online message from one Ramon del Mundo who claimed that he planted a bomb inside the school.

But responding QCPD lawmen declared there was no presence of explosives in the area.

Torre has vowed to investigate thoroughly to identify and hold criminally liable these so-called pranksters.