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Parents and Students React to Planned School Attack

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

February 3, 2006

Parents and students are reacting to the news of three Albemarle County students being arrested for making threats to Albemarle and Western Albemarle High Schools. Many of the parents had no idea what had happened at their childrens' school until they picked their kids up at the end of the day.

Students at Albemarle High School say the principal announced what had happened over their internal television system later in the day. School officials at Western Albemarle and Jack Jouett also notified students and teachers. Parents have not officially been informed yet, but should receive a note from the school in the mail this weekend. In the meantime, both parents and students aren't sure what to make of the arrests.

"It just seems to be prevalent everywhere, small towns, big towns, there really are no safe havens anymore. It's unfortunate," said parent Candy Heyward.

"I think every parent would be worried if they knew people were coming to shoot at the school," said Albemarle High School student Giovanna Galliani.

"It's kind of scary cause you never really know how serious it is and...it could happen to anybody," said Albemarle High School student Colin Moneymaker.

Albemarle County police say this is the second incident of this type in the past year and even though they think they have everyone involved, they're still asking schools to step up patrols, and to keep parents posted on their existing policies and procedures.

School officials will decide whether the students involved will be allowed to return only after the courts decide the fate of the arrested students.


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