Classroom intruder gives Glenrothes pupils a scare

Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes
Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes

Parents have slammed security at Auchmuty High School after a man entered a classroom unchallenged, reports KEVIN QUINN.

A parent of one of the sixth year pupils in the Biology class that the man wandered into last Thursday morning, told the Gazette of his concern.

The man who didn’t want to be named said: “I’m quite concerned. My daughter told me that one girl had to get taken to first aid because she was in shock.

“I find it absolutely astounding that anyone can just walk in unchallenged.

“He could have attacked somebody.”

A Police spokesperson confirmed the incident, adding: “Prior to police arrival, the man had been escorted from the school by the janitor.

“Witnesses at the school told police that the man had not been in any way abusive or aggressive and had left the school when asked to do so.

“Police are not investigating this incident as a criminal act.”

Following the incident Alan Pithie, headteacher at Auchmuty, admitted they are looking at improving security at the school.

He told the Gazette: “We are aware that the present school does not have the most up to date security systems.

“However, our school staff are always vigilant, as shown here, and as soon as the man appeared, the police were called and the situation dealt with as swiftly as possible.”

He added: “We work very closely with our local community police officer and as a result of this incident will be reviewing our security measures.

“Although we are confident that the present measures are entirely appropriate, we are always looking to make further improvements in the light of our experiences, as in this case here.”