Ex-pupil arrested over shooting threat at Dutch school

Dutch police have arrested a former British School pupil in connection with a shooting threat that led to the closure of schools in university city Leiden, the school said on Monday.

"We have been informed that a former student of the British School in the Netherlands (BSN) has been arrested in connection to threats made against a Dutch school in Leiden," a statement said.

Police in Leiden, just northeast of The Hague, confirmed one person had been arrested.

"Someone was arrested in connection with the threat and we're continuing our investigations," a police spokeswoman said, declining to give her name.

The British School said that the pupil was expelled in October 2011 "after incidents regarding his behaviour and has therefore not attended the school for over a year."

Police informed the school that there was never a threat to the British School or to its students, the school said, adding that it had remained open on Monday.