Dubai police say detergent left by woman causes panic in GEMS Wellington School

Dubai police were called to the school and the children were later sent home

Dubai Police said a woman who left detergent powder in a school, triggered an “unnecessary” reaction from its authorities.

At 11am on Tuesday morning, a latin woman in her thirties used her parent access card to enter the GEMS Wellington School on Al Khail Road.

She was believed to have performed a “suspicious activity” in the premises before leaving the location, officials said.

That left to a lockdown in the school, with parents contacted to pick up their children.

It was later found that the woman had left some detergent, police commander-in-chief major general Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri said.

Dubai Police confirmed the nature of the cleaning material and also called in the woman for questioning.

“The school management seems to have rushed sending messages causing unnecessary panic among parents,” police said.

GEMS Education had previously confirmed that police were investigating the incident.

Following the incident, all the students were sent home.