There was recently a bomb threat at Rye High School in California. Their principal, Patricia Taylor, got word of the threat that morning and followed the correct procedures in evacuating the children. The authorities showed up, looked around, and luckily there was no bomb. All the students went safely back to class, at least the ones that didn’t get picked up by their parents.
Bomb Threat Consequences
Most of the time bomb threats are made as joke, but they are no laughing matter at all. With all of the terrorism that’s going on in the world and the U.S. today, any kid that is thinking of calling in one simply needs to find a better way to get a few laughs from their friends. There have been other reasons in the past that students have made bomb threats to a school, but one of the dumbest ones was given by a college student at an institution where the young adults are normally respected for being super smart – Harvard. But that wasn’t the worst of the news.
A website called Naked Law reported earlier this year that a 20-year-old student there named Eldo Kim send out a bunch of emails all over the campus saying that he had placed bombs in various places on the school’s property. Why did he do it? It was simply because he didn’t want to take an upcoming test. When the staff here at www.schoolmatters2me.com heard that, we couldn’t believe our ears. That was so evil and selfish of him to put everybody in fear for their lives just because he didn’t study. He’s now facing up to five years in prison, but Eldo actually got off easy. He could have really gotten double that punishment under certain other bomb threat statutes.
And kids, don’t think that just because you’re under 18 years old that you can’t be punished severely for making up a hoax about a deadly bomb being somewhere in your school. You can end up getting your driver’s license or learner’s permit taken, get your parents in trouble in court, and, of course, you will be suspended (or completely expelled) from school.
What to Do If You Receive the Call
All of us here at www.schoolmatters2me.com want you to know what to do in the event of this horrible occurrence. There are likely a set of exact evacuation procedures and exit routes at your school for everyone to follow if there is ever a bomb threat. But, how are you to react if you happen to be the person who gets the call?
First of all, you should stay calm. You don’t want to get overly excited or get everybody around you in a complete panic. If you are cool, calm, and collected, then they will be as well. Next, jot down the time that you received the call, and everything that you can remember that they said to you. Ask them what time will it explode, where it is, what type of bomb it is, and why are they doing this. The police are going to want to know if you think it was a man or a woman, if they had an accent, and if there were any background noises. You can even try to trace the call by dialing *57 from your cell phone, or 1157 from a landline. You simply hang up, pick the phone back up, listen for a dial tone and dial. If it was successfully traced, you’ll hear a message that it was and the phone company will have it in their records. Whether you trace it or not, at least you tried.
Do your best to stay cool right there in the moments immediately after the call as you try and trace it. But, the next number you dial will be to contact the police and firemen. Experts say that you shouldn’t dial 911, but that it’s safer to call the local authorities directly to their respective department numbers instead. From the staff here at www.schoolmatters2me.com, be safe everyone.