Bomb Threat at School Yesterday

@Rollo1 (16670)
Boston, Massachusetts
April 15, 2016 6:01am CST
Yesterday morning, I received an email from The Boy's school stating that there had been a bomb scare at the school. His school was one of 30 around the state that has received automated robo-call type messages that a bomb or bombs were planted inside the school building. This has been going on for several days in my state. Many schools just sent all the students home, but his school was evacuated and searched and then they all went back into the building and resumed the school day. When ten other schools in a morning receive the same automated phone call, you are likely to figure that none of the threats are real - and none have been so far. So far. That's what worries me. Is this someone or a group of pathetic someones just having a laugh over a sick and terrible joke? Or is it more insidious than that? Are they checking out the procedures that the schools use when a threat is received? Is there someone who is watching, filming? What is the real reason for these bomb scares? Terrorists don't call ahead about bombs anymore, that's so 60s. These days, they are all about the body count, they want to kill as many as possible. So, why call in these threats? I guess I worry about the other shoe dropping. I worry about what someone might be learning about our schools and their evacuation procedures by calling in these bomb threats. I worry about something bigger happening. Anyway, The Boy has just boarded the bus to school. I don't think I will ever feel easy about that again.
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@Platespinner (19307)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Apr 16
I worry about that other shoe myself. I'm glad we chose to homeschool so I don't have that daily worry to fret about...however I do have a University student and in the next week my daughter and I will be hopping on public transport into the Nation's capital, I'm not worried enough to change our plans and hide under a rock, but I'm no longer as glib about such as I once was (the fact that I am currently reading The Enemy Within is NOT helping my peace of mind).
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
If this keeps up, I may let The Boy do virtual high school online for the next two years after all. When you think about it. schools are just another place where we put a bunch of people all together as a target - like malls, etc.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
15 Apr 16
@Rollo1 and airports, train stations, sporting events, concerts....
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@LadyDuck (130737)
• Switzerland
15 Apr 16
You are right, the terrorist do not inform about the bombs now, they try to kill as many as they can. Anyway it is impossible to ignore a warning. We had several alerts in the some railroad stations, no alerts, but suspect objects left near the waiting rooms.
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
It is important to be vigilant these days and be aware in all situations.
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@LadyDuck (130737)
• Switzerland
15 Apr 16
@Rollo1 We are living dangerous times. We have to take every warning as serious.
@Asylum (48358)
• Manchester, England
15 Apr 16
The schools have to take each alert seriously because as soon as the novelty wears off there could be a genuine bomb involved.
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
I worry that this kind of thing leads up to something. Perhaps they are just investigating which doors are used in evacuation, etc. Or maybe it will disguise something bigger, Maybe it is meant to be a distraction while they do something in another part of town. The possibilities are endless.
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@Asylum (48358)
• Manchester, England
15 Apr 16
@Rollo1 It could be intended to make the schools complacent. Maybe they wish to set off a bomb after the school was warned, which would make serious waves.
• United States
15 Apr 16
I know I won't have to worry about this for some time, but it is so sad an scary that we have to worry about this at all.
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@amadeo (53714)
• United States
15 Apr 16
I must have missed this one.You will never feel easy about this.
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
It just seems like there has to be some underlying reason for it, and I want to know what it is.
@Juliaacv (25790)
• Canada
15 Apr 16
Its scary times that we live in that our students have to deal with this.
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
It's scary because it so easily could be a real incident. Kids shouldn't have to worry about such things.
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@xFiacre (3880)
• Ireland
15 Apr 16
@rollo1 I had constant bomb scares at my school in my teens. I alwats wished for them during maths classes.
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
Apparently there are more bomb scares in my state than anywhere else. I could understand it if they just were upset that we didn't have a lot of snow this winter and didn't get many school days off... But in my day, they called in the bomb threat and risked being caught. None of this automated sissy computer generated calling.
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@JolietJake (45328)
• Olney, Illinois
15 Apr 16
It's likely just a troll being a troll, it makes them think they are cool or some crap. But yeah, there's always the outside chance it could be part of a bigger deal aimed at looking for weaknesses or lulling authorities into thinking it is only fake and then really doing it.
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
I think all three of those things at once. It's the kind of world where you just don't know. Too many crazy people out there.
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@amnabas (9940)
• Karachi, Pakistan
15 Apr 16
Ohhh that's frightening really....
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@Rollo1 (16670)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Apr 16
Yes, it was a little unsettling.
@mom210 (6137)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Apr 16
When my oldest was in kindergarten I let him ride the bus, thinking it passes by our house anyway may as well let him. Well it was in an accident, everybody was fine with very minor injuries, but all the reassurance in the world could not reassure me after that. It is in our nature to worry about our kids, I would worry too and that was very scary. You are right it is no joke these days.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Apr 16
or some kid got the school signed up on an automated fake scare to get out of school online subscription.
@moffittjc (38137)
• Gainesville, Florida
15 Apr 16
Each of my kids' schools get a bomb threat at least once each semester, usually around exam time. Everybody knows it's a prank, and that it's being done by kids who don't want to have to take their tests, but the police and school officials still must evacuate the school and search the property for a bomb. Interestingly, in every single bomb threat that was called in last year, a person was caught and arrested. In every case it turned out to be a student who called in the bomb threats.
@Tampa_girl7 (22570)
• United States
15 Apr 16
I pray that it is all just a prank. We had numerous bomb threats at our school and apartment building when we lived in Germany. Not fun
@GardenGerty (93558)
• Marion, Kansas
15 Apr 16
In this day and age the same thoughts would cross my mind. Now in the 60's and early 70's when I was finishing high school it seemed the bomb threats came on a regular basis.My school was about an hour from an Air Force Base, and it was the Vietnam War Era. The general consensus was that some kid had an exam that he or she wanted to get out of so we had a bomb threat. Like you said, that is not likely any more.
@nanette64 (15526)
• Fairfield, Texas
15 Apr 16
It truly has gotten ridiculous @Rollo1 . The same has been happening in Texas. I'm so glad I don't have any kids in school anymore. It almost makes a parent want to home school.
@jaboUK (52020)
• United Kingdom
15 Apr 16
I know it's easy to say don't worry, it's just a prank, but when our dear ones are involved it's very scary. I hope they can catch who's doing this.
• United States
15 Apr 16
I have two thoughts. One, not feeling easy about kids going to school may be the effect they are after. Two, kids used to call these things in when I was in school. It was a way to get a day off. Better security might help with this. But then, maybe now.
@Marcyaz (35954)
• United States
15 Apr 16
Alot of these bomb threats seem to be coming from students of the school or who were students there. We had a bomb threat a while back and it was from a student and now he is in the State home for boys.You never know so it is better to evacuate then to be sorry.
@celticeagle (115442)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Apr 16
I think they should just send all the kids home. Why let them all go outside and possibly be picked off out there? It's a crazy world and I wouldn't trust that it is just a bomb 'threat'.