"Once they (police) arrive, they are in charge," Donahue said.It's a shame that some students didn't feel safe during the evacuation, but what can the school really do about that?
I agree with the comment below that bussing students to another township campus isn't to be considered adequately neutral ground. Wagner Farm Park may have been a better destination. Bring some soccer balls, let the kids run around a little.
And I'd just suggest that many families have selected Millstone primarily because nothing exciting ever happens here! Not the burglary/fire at Albivi's, not the Denver Nuggets star's car crash, and not the various acts of vandalism, some even at the middle school.
I'm glad they had a plan, I'm glad it kinda worked but, God help me, you won't catch my kids in that school. Jeff described how such threats are tracked down with modern telephony, so I haven't any doubt the perpetrator will be caught.
My housekeeper mentioned this to me ... and I had noticed the neighborhood kids home, out playing, around lunchtime:
Millstone Middle School evacuated after bomb threat - Asbury Park Press, 01/08/09:
About 800 students in grades 5-8 are enrolled in the school, according to the state education department.I mentioned this at my son's preschool during pick-up, and parents with children in the public school system were simply pleased that the parental notification system worked as promised. They received status updates on the telephone.
One ill-informed mother remarked, "You know, these are 14, 15, 16 year-olds, probably one of them didn't want to take a test this morning." No, these students are younger than that.
UPDATE: Students returned to school after evacuation sparked by bomb threat - Asbury Park Press, 1/8/09:
Students were bused to the Millstone Primary School while the middle school was searched then bused back when it was safe, she said.I'm relieved no bombs detonated ... because me and the older boys have show tickets for a production there later this month!