For some reason the county I live in has a higher than average number of morons. The kind that think it is funny to call in bomb threats.
Today I got a phone call, computer generated voicemail and email telling me my daughter’s high school was on lockdown due to a “credible” bomb threat. I don’t know how they deem it credible or not, but anyway.
You all know that because we had a number of these incidents last year, although not at my kids actual schools, my husband and I have been doing a lot of research into bomb threats, active shooters and how our district deals with them. Mostly we have not had a lot of cooperation, but today I got to find our first hand how they deal.
First I will say all is fine and the threat is over. Children are on their way home now. I was not scared when I got the message because in my research from many sources to include Greg Ellifritz I have learned that people who intend to bomb a school don’t call it in first. I was 99.9% sure it was a hoax, but when your kid is not with you and there is even the slightest chance they are in danger and the last time your kid was in danger you didn’t do the right thing, it adds a certain amount of uncomfortableness. The last 3 hours have not been pleasant for me, but I was calm.
A few minutes ago I received a text from my daughter that said she is fine and on her way home and I got this from the county…
This communication is being sent as a follow up to the phone/email message you received earlier today. At approximately 11:30 a.m., a student received a text message from an individual off school grounds that indicated a bomb was at the school. Upon notification by the student, Administration immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Office who advised that the school go into lockdown. The Sheriff’s Office called in bomb dogs to search the grounds. Once the outside was deemed safe by the Sheriff’s Office, students were evacuated to the football stadium and an extensive search of the school building was conducted by the Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of bomb dogs. During the entire situation, the priority of Administration was to ensure the safety of our students. While the students were outside, water was provided to the students. Students were provided an opportunity to have something to eat and drink before getting on the bus or leaving.
Nothing was discovered by the Sheriff’s Office and the all-clear was given to Administration for staff and students to return to the building. Please plan to report to school tomorrow as scheduled.
Our counselor is available to support students as needed. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at
Here is what I like: I was first notified about 15 minutes after the lockdown went into effect and then again about an hour later with an update. The student reported the threat right away to the right people, those people took immediate action. It appears they secured all the children and then checked the outside area of the school. I like that a lot because Greg posted this…
There has never been a bomb threat in an American school that preceded an explosion. Every single threat in the history of American education has been a false alarm. If the person making the threat really wanted to harm the kids, he wouldn’t call before detonating the device.
That’s why I worry about mandatory evacuation policies. It’s easier to place a real bomb in the evacuation area outside than it is to hide in a school. Mandatory evacuation during bomb threats actually does nothing to protect the children, it only makes them easier to be shot or blown up outside. Many schools don’t understand the issue and in the quest to keep students “safe” actually expose them to more danger.
Once they deemed the area safe they then had the children taken to that cleared spot and continued to care for them. They took their time and did a thorough investigation of the school. Even after the all clear the students did not go back to school they were sent home.
I think this town might actually have a handle on this.
What I didn’t like: Feeling totally helpless and scared while my daughter was not in my care. Now that I know she is fine I am a bit shaky and teary eyed and I really can not wait to get my hands on her.
**Edit** Forgot to link Greg Ellifritz and since others have asked I will also include other resources we used to prepare ourselves and children for life away from us. these are also the resources we gave to the administration folks for our county schools.
We read a ton more and also spoke with teachers, principals, the police, kids, and other parents to try to get an understanding of what was being done here and what if anything did the others in our community know about what the plan was/is for our kids and their schools are.