Threats Should Be Taken Seriously

celiadelen shared, "I was wondering why our neighbor's son was home from school for the past week. I found out today that [his] school has been closed for over a week due to a bomb threat. Now, how scary and close to home is that?"

pun92 said, "I'd call the parents and principal immediately. When I have kids, they're going to an exclusive prep school like I did. There, the problems tend to be more self-directed -- eating disorders, drinking, drugs, ulcers, etc. These kinds of things I can exert some direct influence on, where I can't really do the same for other people's children and violence. Not that prep schools are immune to this, but I think it's less likely to occur."

host_ps_beach shared, "This [situation] happened at my daughter's middle school. Luckily, the person that overheard the kid on the bus saying it turned him in. He was missing for days, hiding somewhere. It was awful. There is now a full-time policeman at the school every day."

kerneymom is also familiar with threats of violence. "This happened just last month. My daughter came [home] scared to death because the neighbor child said, 'I am going to break into my brother's room, grab his gun and shoot all your heads off!' This was [directed at] my two children plus four others. I immediately called the principal, then waited for his mother to come home. I had a talk with her. She said, 'Just let him try to leave the house with a gun. I'll grab it and knock him over the head with it.' I didn't take it as lightly as she did."

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