Education Minister John O’Dowd has condemned the news that a threat has been made in relation to a number of schools in North Belfast.
Mr O’Dowd said: “I am very disturbed to hear that a threat has been issued in relation to a number of schools in Belfast.
“Regardless of anyone’s politics or views, schools should and must be havens for the young people who attend them and the staff who work there. As Education Minister my priority is to ensure that children are educated in a safe and secure environment, free from threat or intimidation. I believe this is a priority all our society should share.
“Threats such as this should be condemned by everyone in society – not just political, religious and community leaders, but all of us. Communities must unite against such threats. Whatever difficulties arise in our society, we cannot let them disrupt our schools and threaten the lives of children, young people and the staff who work there”.