Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Give children terror attack advice in schools, say police

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LONDON: Children in schools should be taught what to do in the event of a terrorist attack in the UK, police have said.

The call follows a number of attacks in the UK this year, including the Manchester Arena bombing, which targeted people at a pop concert.

Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi said giving advice in classrooms could potentially save lives.

Police have also warned eyewitnesses to flee the scene of an attack rather than trying to film atrocities on phones.

The warning comes after this month’s attack on a London Underground train in Parsons Green, where images of a partially-exploded bomb were posted online within minutes.

Counter-terrorism officials already run a number of public campaigns highlighting what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

The “run, hide, tell” advice states that people should first try to flee an attack – or alternatively find somewhere safe to hide – and then alert authorities.

Experts have now drawn up a version for 11-16 years olds, which they say should be taught in schools and colleges as part of the national curriculum.

A special emoji has also been created for the campaign alongside a video, featuring TV star Bear Grylls, England footballer Jamie Vardy, and Olympian Jade Jones.

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