Any threats at your schools lately?

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Community Leader
Registered: 03-22-2007
Any threats at your schools lately?
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Wed, 12-19-2012 - 2:19pm

There are rumors swirling around my son's high school about an incident that was being planned for this Friday during an assembly.  With all the fears about school shootings, it's definitely got the students scared, and the rumor mill has it so that parents that don't even have kids at the high school are scared of sending their kids to their respective middle and elementary schools that day.  They are having extra police presense, there is already a city cop there every day as it is.   I also heard that they'll be having metal detectors and a lockdown during the school day to to make sure the kids feel safe. 

Some parents are keeping their kids home that day.   I talked with my dh and we are still sending my son.  We both believe that you can't wrap your kids in a bubble as much as you would like to.  I'm glad that our district is taking the threats seriously, but it's frustrating that kids will even make these allegations as a prank.  If anything, they are probably safer on that day then they would be on a normal school day :( 

How do you handle these types of situations?  This is a first for us.

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Registered: 01-21-2011
Mon, 01-07-2013 - 11:50pm

I'd send mine to school, although my heart would be in my throat. I think the best thing to do is instill cautiousness and observation skills in kids, but I don't ever want mine fearful of the world at large. 

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Registered: 09-30-2011
Fri, 01-04-2013 - 12:33pm

It's scary but I think I would have still sent my kids that day too. I remember back when I first started school, kids pulling the fire alarm was the biggest "prank" they had to worry about but by the time I was in high school, it had already escalated to "bomb threats". 

I just keep trying to remind myself that the vast majority of these incidents really are just pranks and idle threats but when shootings like Columbine and Newtown hit the news, it's hard.

Lisa 

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 12-21-2012 - 1:11pm

My kids go to a private school in a secluded neighborhood.  Most people don't even know it's there. However, it backs up to conservation land, so when a bank was robbed at gunpoint in a neighboring town a few weeks ago and the suspect ran through the woods near their school, the police called the school and told them to lock all outside doors and not let anyone in or out. The kids still got to go about their business within the school, though, so it wasn't a real lockdown.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 12:57pm
That just seems so insane that they would let hunters near school grounds. I don't even think 2000 feet is far enough.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Thu, 12-20-2012 - 12:50pm
Wow, that's a pretty bad reason to make threats like this. It was reported that they did arrest a 14 yo boy for making threats. As a precaution they are having extra cops at the school tomorrow and have also banned backpacks for the day. The metal detectors weren't true, but it sounds like they are taking all necessary precautions. They are also having a cop at all of the schools in the district, I think just to put parents' minds at ease after all the rumors going around.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 11:20pm
After Columbine there was a series of "threats" at the school in the area where I worked. (I wasn't working in the school, had no kids yet, but worked with kids.) It was kind of crazy for a few weeks. It turned out it was a kid who wanted to get home to get to the mail box before his parents could get his report card. He called in a few threats. The school reacted first by sending everyone home (the first time) then putting kids on buses. Then they banned all back packs and gave the kids book straps, which went over really well with girls who had personal supplies to carry. (No purses were allowed.) Things calmed down after a couple of weeks. I hope that the same will happen with all of these cases too. Millions of kids safely attend school every day. Much more likely for a bus to be in an accident (even more likely for parent driving kid to school!)
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Registered: 11-09-2011
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 3:00pm
I was just reading about a township school who had a scare this am because hunters were [legally] in the area and the pop of the guns started panic. Kids were held on the buses and parents were concerned. There's now talk about changing the distance from 450 feet to 2000 feet in school zones.

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Registered: 04-18-2012
Wed, 12-19-2012 - 2:36pm

This exact same thing is happening at a high school in our area.  Text message rumors were spread that something would be happening during an assembly on Friday.  It started as a fire but the rumors are now saying a gunman was planning to show up.  They have since cancelled the assembly as a precaution.  So very sad that our children have to worry about these things. School should be a safe place, not a place of worry and fear.  :(