Cry­ing wolf

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Ev­ery day we are re­minded that there are sick peo­ple among us. Tues­day, some­one with ei­ther ma­li­cious in­tent or some type of sick hu­mor in mind, called in a bomb threat to Rocky Plains El­e­men­tary school. In by­gone days the big thrill for some stu­dents was pulling fire alarms, which of course caused an im­me­di­ate evac­u­a­tion of schools threat­ened. Usu­ally these pranks were done dur­ing test­ing pe­ri­ods. Call­ing in a bomb threat, es­pe­cially dur­ing these tense times, is not a prank. It is against the law. In ad­di­tion, who­ever called in the false bomb threat caused a pe­riod of anx­i­ety and fear not only in stu­dents, but par­ents and the com­mu­nity alike.

We have seen and heard com­ments on Face­book and in the com­mu­nity that some par­ents are out­raged be­cause school of­fi­cials did not con­tact them in­stantly. We cer­tainly can re­spect the fact that par­ents would be alarmed, but we feel that, in this case, school of­fi­cials moved with speed and ex­pe­di­ency in pro­tect­ing the chil­dren who at­tend Rocky Plains. Within min­utes of re­ceiv­ing the threat, 911 was called, all chil­dren and teach­ers were evac­u­ated to safety and The News was no­ti­fied as a emer­gency part­ner of the school sys­tem. We im­me­di­ately posted on our web­site what had hap­pened. Af­ter school of­fi­cials made sure that all per­son­nel were safe, they no­ti­fied par­ents.

We con­grat­u­late school of­fi­cials and our law en­force­ment of­fi­cials for their quick ac­tion. We are glad to be a part of the school’s warn­ing sys­tem. It’s our job is to post news as fast as we can and that cer­tainly helps.

Fi­nally, we hope that our lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies can lo­cate and catch the sick per­son or per­sons who caused this un­nec­es­sary fear in our com­mu­nity. There’s just no room for this type of non­sense.

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