Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You can never say that school is boring...

Anybody who says that school is boring is so wrong!!  Today was quite eventful.  Below is the statement that was released after our school day today:

At 12:25 Flat Rock Community High School received an email from an outside source claiming a bomb would be detonated at 12:40 PM. Police and Fire officials were notified immediately and all high school students were evacuated to a secondary secure location. The building was searched by Flat Rock Police and Fire along with the Michigan State Police Canine Unit. The all clear was given and students were returned to class at 2:10 p.m. and were dismissed at the usual time.

As part of the Flat Rock Community Schools’ safety protocol, Bobcean Elementary School was placed in partial lockdown. Barnes Elementary School and Simpson Middle School were not affected.  Students were safe and secure at all times; Flat Rock Police detectives are investigating the situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unfortunate event. The safety of our students is always our primary concern.

So how did MY part of the day go?  I got a call from my husband who was one of the few in the building who got the email.  He checked his email at 12:35.  He called me in the office because he couldn't get ahold of anyone else.  I ran to get the principal.  While he called the authorities, he told me to pull the fire alarm.  (Yes, I felt like I was going to get into BIG trouble for pulling it, but you do what you have to do in times such as this.)  The building was evacuated.  Once outside, we needed to get the kids as far away as possible from the building.  I needed to run to the other exits of the building to let other staff know to get kids moving.  I couldn't run in my heels so I had to kick them off.  When I was done running, I tried to go back for my luck.  The police officer said they were too close to the building so I was out of luck.  Like Cinderellas at the shoes.  So I continued to walk in my socks until one student offered up his sandals to me.  (Side note- this kid causes nothing but trouble in my classroom, but for this one day, I was very thankful to have him with me.  Thanks for the sandals, bud!)

We were outside for quite a while and then once the building was clear we were allowed back in.  The statement above was read aloud to everyone and it got me thinking.  I was a staff member here today, I knew what was going on, I knew that all of our kids were safe.  What if I were a parent?  What if this was Gus' school?  What if he was one of the kids standing out in that parking lot and I heard that there was a bomb threat? Would my son be safe?  Was he well taken care of there?  Was he free from danger?  So scary to think about.  Of course there were instant tears about how scary that would be.  Tonight, I overheard Joel talking to Gus.  "I'm so glad that everything went well today so that momma and daddy were kept safe so we could come home to you."  Again, instant tears.  I didn't even think about the fact that something could happen to me.  Or both of us for that matter.  How horrible to think that if this threat really turned something up, that both of Gus' parents could have been harmed.  It makes me sick to think about!!  Thank God that the responsible party was apprehended.  The possible consequences could be up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fine.  I am torn with that.  I hope it wasn't some kid who made a terrible mistake.  But at the same time, as a mother, those consequences don't seem tough enough considering what could have happened had the threat been real. 

Our staff and students did a great job of working together today and I am proud to be a Ram today. But I will be quite content to NEVER have another experience like this one again in my entire career!  And on that note, I am going to go grab a diet coke, kick up my feet and relax with my little family!

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