Late last night children and parents were informed through social media of a possible threat by two teenagers to “shoot up the high school” and warning other classmates to not go to school today. The high school is directly connected to the Elementary school and today a school play was supposed to take place in the high school auditorium, meaning the entire elementary would have been in the high school. The sheriffs office and the school took fast action and located the juveniles, a 14 year old boy and a 16 year old female. The two teenagers were detained and taken to a Juvenile Detention center awaiting their hearing. While there were no premeditated plans or any sign of planning by the teens, the threat was taken very seriously. Today there were deputies located at the high school, junior high and elementary school.
Many students did not attend class today for fear of a third teenager being involved. I sat my kids down this morning and told them everything and then asked them how it made them feel: where they scared, did they want to go to school? My 5th grade son’s reaction was about what I had expected, he was mad about the threat – it angered him. I told him if he did not want to go to school he did not have to… But he answered with, “it will be ok mom, there will be deputies there and I can help protect the little kids if something does happen.” My 1st grade daughter’s reaction was of her being scared but she was relieved the deputies were going to be watching over them. My daughter in junior high had a different reaction because once explained she realized how serious it was and she did hesitate to go to school.
Three of my four kids went to school today and it was hard to hold back the emotions. My son gave a deputy a high-five and said Thank You this morning and my daughter skipped down the hall as I walked her to class.
This situation was dealt with appropriately, but I think the damage has already been done as a whole community was sleepless with concerns of safety for our babies.
Today should be like any other day, but this small town was definitely rocked and we hugged our kids longer, told them we loved them repeatedly and took more time to listen. Every day is a blessing and Today we are all reminded how precious time is.