Bomb Threat Evacuates Local School - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/26/04

Bomb Threat Evacuates Local School

An anonymous bomb threat against Whiteside Elementary School came into the Lubbock Police Department by way of 9-1-1 just before 7 a.m. Monday morning. With school about to start shortly, Lubbock Independent School District referred to its emergency plan.

Here's what happened:

  • The principle was notified, and he determined there was a need to evacuate the building and re-locate arriving students.
  • Staff members' roll included surrounding the perimeter of the school (ensuring no kids went inside) and redirecting parents dropping off kids to Irons Junior High next door.
  • The school was then searched by authorities and a bomb sniffing dog.
  • Just two hours after the call came in, Whiteside was determined safe.

LISD's handling of the emergency got high praise from parents. Cheryl Harris says, "The school was great. They had everything so organized from the first get go. I was real impressed." Susie Perez agrees. She says, "Very good... We were all told to do something and we did it. It was handled in the proper manner." George Rasura says, "They did well considering they probably didn't have much time and so they had people outside directing people to go to the other school."

Even though parents had nothing but good things to say about LISD, that doesn't mean it wasn't a disturbing experience. Perez said she was concerned for her children and their safety, "A lot of parents were taking kids home. There was a lot of concern even to come back." Rasura agreed, saying, "It's kind of scary when you think about it, but it's probably just some kids pulling a prank."

If indeed it was a prank, Whiteside parents hope whoever did it is punished. Harris says, "That's really sad that someone would do something like that. I hope they find out who did it." At last check, police do not have any suspects in connection with the bomb scare, but they are still investigating. What they do know is the anonymous 9-1-1 call came from a pay phone at the Sentry Park Apartments.

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