It happened again. Four days later.
My daughter took the bus to school Monday morning (Oct. 23, 2017). My son got transport from mom.
Approaching the driveway leading to parent-student dropoff, a grey sedan blocked the thruway. A woman comes to my car and said, “The building is on lockdown. You have to turn around.”
“What about my son?” I ask, acknowledging Jacob in the back seat.
“Take him with you,” she said.
At this point, I’m unsure if the elementary school, the middle school or both are affected. I learned about an hour later that the middle school received another written bomb threat.
Another threat. Another evacuation. Another day of school and law enforcement officials scouring the building for any evidence of an explosive device. Another day of frustration for parents, students, faculty and staff.
Seriously, when will these incidents stop? What is it going to take? Recorded and digital messages from the school district encourage parents to talk to their children about the seriousness of such actions and the consequences. Good idea, but what about words from the front line?
How about an assembly with the first responders and the Pennsylvania State Police who respond to the incidents? Let those who search and investigate tell youths what it takes to clear a scene, and how “crying wolf” isn’t funny or thrilling. It’s disrespectful and dangerous. What if something happened to a responder heading to the scene? Accidents and medical incidents can, and have, happened to police, fire and medical personnel responding to a call.
Let’s hope for no more threats this year. Those in authority, from parents to teachers to law enforcement, keep emphasizing that making such threats in today’s society isn’t the right thing to do. Make the threat, a punishment you’ll get.