When the hostage crises begins the children are forced to cover the windows with newspapers preventing the outside world from knowing what was happening inside.
The day of the elections for the national parliament. To increase pressure on the government the children are forced to shout out of the windows: "van Agt, we want to live". The first ultimatum expires at 14:00 without any problems. Later that day, additional demands are expressed.
All children are released because many children became ill from some unknown disease. The cause and nature of these disease is still unknown, but it is often speculated that the provided food might have been deliberately poisoned by authorities to force a break-through. Four teachers were retained as hostages.
Marines attack the school in the early morning, an armoured car and explosives punches a hole in the wall and marines enter the building. The Moluccans surrender without fight after hearing about the military attack on the train.
Thirty years after the events in question, on May 23 2007, a monument was erected and the first memorial ceremony is held where symbolic white balloons were released.