“Kim.” She said.
“Eamon’s girlfriend’s mother works for the school system in a Middle School. She said she heard it from someone at South Carroll and she called Robin. Robin is so upset she’s a mess. Kim heard it from someone in her office that was getting information from someone at South Carroll.”
But Eamon was on the ground in the event reporting it was not.
I had to trust him, now, regardless of what Kim had told Robin.
The situation became more complicated when a subsequent threat suggested the possibility of harm to students if an evacuation was attempted.
There was no active shooter, but bomb threats were taken seriously. Schools are open tomorrow with an elevated law enforcement presence.
They were great and I owe them a debt I cannot repay.
But this summary of events was released at 10:00 PM through the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. South Carroll High School administrators and the Carroll County Superintendent never transmitted it to parents. So, it was only read by those who, like me, found it on the Carroll Fire Wire on Facebook after a search in Twitter under “South Carroll High School Code Red.”
More dangerous, neither parents nor students were informed during the event of what was happening.
The Carroll County Schools Superintendent sent out a letter he following day stating that he followed “procedures” and did not notify the parents until they had all the facts.
Here’s the clear and present danger of the Superintendent’s approach.
In the meantime, people can die due to that huge information gap.
Had that been a real event, law enforcement, fire companies and other professionals would need to do their job unimpeded. Because parents heard nothing from school officials, many flocked to the school.
Had a message been issued by the school asking parents not to go to the school, most parents would have listened and those who need to care of the bad guy could have done their job.
Also, had the school authorities informed parents and students of the actual calls, both parents and students would have had facts on which to act, rather than rumors.
The Guy Who Called in the Threats
A guy named Timothy Edgar Baker was arrested for calling in the threats. Like arsonists who like to set fires and then show up at the burning building they set ablaze, Mr. Baker went to South Carroll High School after he made his vicious threats. He took pictures on his cell phone and then posted them on his Facebook page. I kid you not.
The school system never sent an explanation home with my son, never told them at school what happened, never communicated anything to the parents. Instead, the Carroll County School Superintendent stood behind law enforcement at the press briefing. At the end of the briefing, he mumbled something about how difficult the memories are for the students.
This lack of information and communication has to end. It is not serving the interests of the students, their parents, the community, or the future. I’m not sure if school superintendents and school principals fear lawsuits if they give out the wrong information, suffer the usual bureaucrats fear of taking action and do nothing instead, or what it is. But, it has to end. Children’s lives are at stake and they continue to operate in the same routine when an active shooter or bombing is about the most non-routine situation you can ever encounter.
Here is the best of the many stories that were written about this bizarre episode and the bizarre individual who set it in progress.
POLICE CHARGE 20-YEAR-OLD WITH THREATS TO SOUTH CARROLL HIGH SCHOOL
Through Pinger, detectives were able to identify the IP address associated with the calls to South Carroll, leading them to Baker’s home in the 2600 block of Walston Road in Mt. Airy.
State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes said those arrested “will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of available law.”
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