Friday, August 21, 2009
Is a Bomb Threat Really a Threat?
An email went out to Lakeside families today about a bomb threat at Lakeside yesterday. The principal decided not to evacuate the students and instead put them in lock-down in their classrooms while a search was conducted. In the intercom announcement to students, he called it an "Intruder Alert Drill" rather than a "Bomb Threat". We, here at the blog, have been discussing these kinds of threats and similar types of incidents and wondering if there is written code or standard protocol for principals to follow in such events. We can't find any - apparently, there is discretion in the principals ability to decide how to handle these kinds of events.
Read the notice - and let us know - do you think the principal made a good decision? Do you think there should be an airtight, stringent, standard protocol for handling threats? Or do you think it should be left up to principals to decide on what action (if any) to take?
Notice of Bomb Threat
August 21, 2009
Dear Lakeside Families,
This morning shortly before 10:00 a.m., the 911 center received a non-specific call from a cell phone stating that there was a bomb at Lakeside. I met with our SRO (school resource officer) and Dekalb Police. Because of the nature of the call and after listening to their advice I decided to do an intruder alert and lock down the school. The Dekalb Police, our SRO and the SRO from Shamrock, our campus supervisors and our custodians conducted an extensive search of all common areas inside and outside the school for any sort of suspicious package. We found nothing.
It is normal procedure in these cases to contact Homeland Security. The Dekalb Police did this and they arrived at 10:20. They will do a trace on the phone call and if they find who made the call, the consequences could very likely include time in prison. The Homeland Security officials were satisfied with my decision not to evacuate the building. I ended the intruder alert at 10:30.
I have also communicated this information to our faculty and staff.
Joseph P. Reed
Lakeside High School
On another note - what is it about Lakeside and bomb threats? They had at least three last year that we're aware of here at the blog. Do other schools have bomb threats and we just aren't hearing about them? What causes someone to call in such a thing and what - if anything - can we do to stop this madness?