Parents notified night before shut down
Last Thursday, an anonymous individual scrawled a scary message on a public bathroom wall at New Center Middle School, indicating that a bomb would be set to go off on Monday (yesterday.) Immediately after discovering the message last Thursday, New Center Middle School evacuated all 890 students from the school’s premises. After it was determined that there wasn’t a bomb in the building, the students returned to school on Friday, and were, in fact, set to attend school yesterday- the day in which the bathroom scrawling indicated the time that the bomb would go off.
Given the risk involved with sending children back into a place of possible danger, school Superintendent Jackie Parton had a change of heart over the weekend regarding whether or not the schoolchildren should attend Monday’s classes and instead, began to take whoever had written the cryptic message on the bathroom wall at his or her word. On Sunday night, Parton began alerting the media to send out the message to parents that school would not be open on Monday.
According to Assistant Superintendent Deborah Cline, “Monday’s school closure was simply a precautionary measure.” Cline also added that while the police have not turned up anything specific regarding the perpetrator that wrote the harrowing message on the school’s bathroom wall, “school administrators have a duty to do everything possible to protect the children that attended the middle school.”
As to why schoolchildren were allowed to return to school on Friday when there was still a lurking threat, Cline stated, “that to the best of their abilities, no threat of a bomb was detected Thursday, and therefore it was assumed that it was safe for the children of New Center Elementary to return to school on Friday.”
After yesterday’s school closure, students that attend New Center Middle School are set to return to school today.