‘Danger situation’ sees college students ‘barricade themselves in’ classroom

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There is a major police presence at a school in Berlin with reports of terrified students barricaded inside.

Police have confirmed they are at the scene of the Max Taut Schule in Rummelsburg after an alarm was triggered just after 10am this morning.

Officers are reportedly searching the campus at present, and the fire brigade is also at the scene.

The alarm was not triggered by the school principal, the police said.

"The police take such alarm signals very seriously and have therefore sent the forces to check the situation and search the school," a spokesperson told German media.

Officers have reportedly asked people in the nearby area not to leave their homes while the area around the school is cordoned off.

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Photos from the scene show a large group of armed police.

There are unconfirmed reports on social media that students are currently "barricaded" in their classrooms and are afraid.

One person claimed on social media: "A client of mine is at school. About 40 minutes ago, the students should barricade themselves inside the rooms. Talking is prohibited.

"Everyone is afraid. Some students cry. Police can be seen on the roof and in front of the house."

Another said: "My son also just wrote to me. The children have locked themselves in the rooms and do not know anything themselves."

One social media user claiming to be a student at the Max Taut Schule says he has locked himself inside a toilet.

Another tweeted: "We're at school and we've barricaded ourselves, can anyone tell you more about what's going on outside?"

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