Two nurseries barricaded their doors after a woman made sinister phone calls threatening to “kill staff and children”, a court has heard.
Both pre-schools activated emergency protocols and barricaded themselves in after receiving threats including “I’ve got guns, knives and I’m coming to kill you all” on March 15.
A number of other nurseries across the West Midlands also received terrifying threats that morning, report the Coventry Telegraph.
Rebecca Cooper, of Dudley, pleaded guilty to eight counts of malicious communications and a further charge of racially aggravated behaviour towards a police officer.
The 22-year-old was handed a 24-week prison sentence suspended for two years at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.
Sarah Ginn, owner of ABC Nursery in Earlsdon, told the Coventry Telegraph her staff were left petrified.
She said: “Our finance officer took the call and the person said ‘We are coming to the nursery with guns and knives and I’m going to kill everybody, the children and the staff’.
“We immediately organised an internal evacuation, we called all the children inside and kept them away from the windows and the conservatory.”