AS BBM is quite aware, when you’re at school, any excuse to be taken out of class is a bonus, no matter the reason; whether it’s a rabid dog in the playground, flooded toilet cubicles, or our favourite of someone setting the fire alarm off – either way, the less learning time the better.


No doubt a school full of children in Dublin were delighted when someone decided to pull what has been described as an “elaborate hoax” and pop a suspicious box with wires hanging out of it at the school gate.


The children were of course evacuated to the back of the building and their parents were notified via their text messaging system (which makes bunking off harder than it was in our day).