March 29, 2007
Parents and students leaving both schools Thursday felt some relief that the two students allegedly responsible are now behind bars but at the same time they were uneasy knowing their children attended school with these kids.
“It’s just sad that we have come to this point and our kids are just commonplace about bombs,” said one parent.
“It makes me really nervous to think that my grandkids are going to school where things like that are happening,” said a grandmother.
Parents angry a couple of students would act out this way and even though the bombs a hoax they say this was no prank.
“Whoever did it needs to be punished,” said one father.
“I just hope the kids get help they obviously need direction and not just punishment,” said that grandmother.
They don't blame the school. They blame the students who did it and their parents.
I think something has to change especially in the home first.”
“I believe that the parents need to step up and take responsibility for their children and the children need to take responsibility for their actions.”
Kids leaving school about the same age as those arrested said it’s hard to imagine their peers would do something like this and glad those responsible are no longer sitting at desks beside them.
“Now that it is over a lot of people feel safer because we have this thing called mentoring groups and everybody was talking about it that they are scared about it and we don't want to die or anything,” said Megan Leo.
The kids may feel safer but parents will always worry.
“Every day you just pray!”
Parents also said they believe the schools and the authorities handled the situation in the best way possible and are grateful that acted quickly.
Some parents continued to keep their kids out of school. School officials said about ten to fifteen students at each school stayed out because of the threats.