Sunday, October 21, 2007

Stupid, stupid kids...

There has been a number of "false" 911 calls made to the police or schools in our city that there is a guy with a gun entering the schools. There has been 18 calls since September 21st!

What this means is that staff and students must go into Lockdown mode. All students must huddle together on the side of the room least vulnerable (no windows or doors), the teacher turns off the lights and covers the windows. And then you wait...Now when it's a drill, this lasts about 10 minutes. When it's a real 911 call (false or not) it can take up to 2 hours for police to secure the area.

As you can imagine this is very stressful for everyone involved.

At one school, 2 kids decided they didn't want to wait anymore so they left the room. The police had them down on the ground with the guns ablazin' in no time. They are so lucky that they stopped and did what the officers told them as they are now trained to shot to kill in these cases.

They finally arrested a 15 year old in connection with the false calls, but can only get him on one of them right now. While he was in custody over lunch, 3 more calls were made, locking down 3 more schools. So obviously, he's not the only one.

One school got the false calls twice in one day! Can you imagine?

It's just a sad situation all around. From the stress it causes teachers, admin and students to the young people who feel this is "cool" or the only way to get attention. Well they definitely have someone's attention now....