Easton Area School Board Defends Bomb Threat Handling

Easton Area school officials discuss middle school bomb threat at meeting Tuesday night.

With parents complaining over how a bomb threat at Easton Area Middle School in Forks Townshp Monday was handled by the school district, school officials tried to explain their reasoning.

At Tuesday night's school board meeting, middle school principal Dr. Charlene Symia told board members the evacaution had gone according to procedure.

"We followed to the letter of the law what we needed to do," she said.

But parents said the district botched the bomb scare, waiting too long to inform them that their children would be late coming home.

Some said that an alert telling parents that buses were 20 minutes late because of the threat wasn't sent until after children were headed home.

After the meeting, Symia declined to comment in detail about parents' complaints, saying only that the school had "made every effort" to contact parents, and would also be sending home a letter discussing the evacuation.

And it wasn't just parents complaining.

Bus driver Helen Jones, who represents the drivers union, complained at the meeting that students were waiting on the sidewalk outside the school.

She wanted bus drivers to be able to evacuate them.

"Had it been a real bomb, every one of our children would’ve been blown up," she said. "Let us pull in, get those kids out of there."

Board member Frank Pintabone replied that it was a police decision that the students were where they were. 

Flash Gordon January 17, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Same mistakes by same incompetent people with same excuses. Wonder why everyone complains and the district falls further into debt and behind in standards. Incompetence, the EASD way.
Nancy Bonfanti January 17, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Taking a different approach and response here. I commend the school for not putting my child at an unnecessary risk and leaving her outside while the threat was checked out. Whether she was late coming home from school or was a little chilly standing outside for a while and was inconvienced having to walk around (not through) the school to get to the bus, at least she came home in one piece. What other outcome could you ever wish for?
Cindy January 24, 2013 at 05:52 PM
I am happy my child came home safely. Thank you to all who made that possible.


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