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Dec. 4, 2007

Blair one of five schools targeted in bomb threat

by Nitin Sukumar, Online News Editor and Copy Editor and Elsi Wu, Online Sports Editor
Five Montgomery County high schools – Blair, Northwood, Einstein, Wheaton and Kennedy – were targets of a bomb threat reported this morning at 6:40 a.m.

The call to Montgomery County police was a non-specific threat, suggesting that a bomb was planted in one of the five down-county schools, according to Principal Darryl Williams.

MCPS central office and each of the targeted schools were notified of the threat shortly thereafter.

Blair's Educational Facility Officer Dane Onario spearheaded standard safety procedures. "The building was swept inside and out," said Williams.

All five schools did not report any further incidents.

The staff was informed through e-mail during 3rd period; students will receive a letter during seventh period to notify parents of the situation.



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  • Novian Haynes (View Email) on December 4, 2007 at 2:02 PM
    How well can you check for an explosive in a school this big anyways? Also, why are we so late in learning about this?
  • duh on December 4, 2007 at 6:08 PM
    novian it happens all the time
  • Someone you may know on December 4, 2007 at 6:12 PM
    To Novian Haynes:
    I'd say we learned about the bomb threat in a reasonable amount of time, considering that the school had to be checked first. SCO had this story up before seventh period.
  • A Student on December 4, 2007 at 6:47 PM
    great. well we wouldn't want to "disturb" any classes with a silly little bomb threat. I'm glad that the students weren't bothered by potential death.
  • A Student on December 4, 2007 at 6:51 PM
    Great. I'm glad the school didn't "disturb" any students with this silly little bomb threat. After all, it was probably fake. And even if it wasn't, what are a few student lives in a school this big worth? I'm glad the students weren't alerted to their potential death.
  • To Novian on December 4, 2007 at 6:56 PM
    They probably didn't tell the student body to
    A) Hold up our image in front of AFG. If there's no reason to panic, why freak people out
    B) As mentioned before, to not freak us out or cause unrest, which would make us look bad in front of AFG and be simply unnecessary.

    To your first question I have to say I agree in my curiosity; in any general high school it's a good question, but especially Blair. I personally think they check critical points in the school. Logically, the more damage desired the bigger the bomb needed, so it'll be really difficult to hide regardless. Aside from being hard to hide, you’d have to place it somewhere near enough to injure people...which brings in the thought again where are you going to hide it etc, etc. MCPS or MCPD people probably hired people who understand the science behind explosives to set up the procedures, so I would trust the sweep is effective.
  • blazer on December 4, 2007 at 9:58 PM
    maybe my memory is play tricks, but I remember there was a bomb threat last year, and an administrator explained to me that there are two or three bomb threats every month (am I the only one who heard this?). Anyway, if that is the case, they can't make a big fuss everytime. Bomb threats are serious, of course, but let's face it: it would take more than a "low-level" threat for the administration to evacuate the school for two hours in December while they searched.
  • To on December 6, 2007 at 2:38 PM
    You're sarcasm is unnecessary. We weren't in any clear danger- the threat was low level to start with and they did a sweep. Telling us if we're not evacuating during the school day doesn't make sense.

    And so what if we did alert student's of their "potential death"? What are students going to do, if, as I said before, aren't evacuating? All will be yielded are some panic attacks and unfounded anxieties. In other words, there's no benefit in informing the student body about a low-level threat immediately.

    And the threat is further decreased by the fact bombing a school is much more complicated than just throwing a stick of dynamite in a locker. The complications and difficulties increase the effectiveness of the sweep and diminish the unrealistic action-movie image bombs have.
  • kelsi jenkins (View Email) on December 9, 2007 at 9:31 PM
    we should have TOTALLY gotten school off when we recieved the threat. I think its because AFstupidG was here
  • Student (View Email) on March 13, 2009 at 1:39 PM
    Ok what I don't understand is: why would you send me back into a school that just got a bomb threat? that's really stupid We should have all went home. That's ridiculous.
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