As I staggered, at least half-asleep, past my husband in the hallway at an ungodly hour this morning, he told me there’s no school because they’re investigating a security risk. A what?
Now being a high-school student in the now very normal-seeming end of the 80’s, I assumed some punk called in a bomb threat to get a day off, which pissed me off because we’ll now have to go a day later in June.
Then I saw the school closure scroll on the bottom of the screen. There are still about 20 schools closed due to damage and flooding from the Nor’easter. But our entire district is closed for this security risk. As are the schools in two neighboring towns. The Headstart. The charter school, the Montessori school and the Ashram school. That would be every public and private school in two districts. (I don’t know about the fancy schmancy prep school—they don’t deign to announce things like that.)
I don’t know what’s going on, but it doesn’t sound good.
UPDATE: 7:25am, and four town police departments and the State Police are refusing to give WMUR even a hint of what’s going on.
UPDATE: 8:22, and the very short news bit in the online paper says the schools are closed tomorrow, as well, and reminds us not only of the Virginia Tech tragedy but also that tomorrow is the anniversary of Columbine.
UPDATE:: 12:30 — Okay. So apparently somebody bought a used computer about a month ago. Last night (I assume) a threat against the school was discovered in the hard drive with date being given as April 19.
But it was written two years ago by a former student. I guess the FBI interviewed him a couple of hours ago and while he was in a bad place then, he’s not now and the threat is considered no longer a threat. (Tell that to the parents who are thinking about what could have happened two years ago today.)
So the not knowing is over, though the sense of unease lingers. I take comfort, though, in knowing that our school district and law enforcement acted swiftly and in the best interest of the students’ safety.
As far as I know, there will still be no school tomorrow. And between Virginia Tech and Columbine and now this, I doubt attendance would be high even if they call them back in. (And I really wish they’d used a picture of the high school and not the middle school in the article. I have a horrid case of the heebie-jeebies.)