Boys expelled after smoke-bomb prank


By Paul Thornton

TWO boys have been excluded after a smoke-bomb exploded at an Edinburgh secondary school.

The fourth-year yobs could also face criminal charges following the incident at Firhill High which led to over 1,000 pupils being evacuated.

Teachers also had to leave the school after the device was let-off in a corridor in the main building of the campus on Thursday morning.

Fire crews raced to the scene around 9.40am after the incident triggered the school’s alarm system.

The corridor was sealed while the smoke was cleared from the building before the 1,150 pupils were allowed to return to classes.

Acting senior depute at the school, Nick McClellan blasted the troublemakers’ actions, adding that they had been identified, and reported to the police.

In a message to pupils on the school’s website he said: “The two pupils who caused this have been identified and dealt with very seriously.

“The police are now involved in investigating this matter further.”

A Lothian and Borders Police spokeswoman said they were continuing to investigate the incident.

Edinburgh Council said the school were taking “appropriate action”.

Firhill High – in the Oxgangs area of the capital – is one of several schools in the city to have a police officer based in the school.

It is thought the “link officer” was on duty when the smoke bomb went-off.