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Monday, May 4, 2009

It's a Scary World Out There!

Friday at 12:10 PM the phone rang. It was Emily's school calling. Upon seeing the name of the school on call display, we really didn't think too much of it...Matthew had been sick in the night, and we thought that probably she was sick now as well.

When Tom answered the phone, the secretary explained that the school was on a lock down, because there had been a threat with a gun. No one was allowed in and no one was allowed out.

However, since I had sent a note with Emily that she was to be picked up at 12:30 PM, they were calling us to let us know the situation. They explained how a neighbour had seen a person walking the streets by the school with a gun in their hand, the police had been called and everything was locked down until the police could find out what was going on. The secretary explained that the police knew a student needed to leave for an appointment and that it was okay if we drove up onto the school grounds, right up to the door and they would unlock the door and send her out into the waiting vehicle.... if we wanted.

Tom agreed, and headed off to pick her up. He did just as they said and picked her up right at the door. He said the police were swarming around the school area.

Emily told us that the school had declared a Code Red, which is a treat (bomb, gun, etc) All doors had been locked, windows locked, curtains closed, and the classroom door window had been covered with newspaper.

And the reason we had to pick Emily up from school in the middle of a gun scare:


Before


After



Later, on the evening news we heard the whole story.

A male had bought a pellet gun and was walking home with it. A neighbour near the school looked out and saw the person walking with a gun in their hand. The neighbour called the police, and the police locked down the two schools in the area, until they could figure out what was going on.

I am glad it was handled so seriously, in these cases you can never be to cautious. If anything has been learned from previous school shootings, I think it is to take every threat seriously.

And, so, for a few minutes while I was waiting for Tom to get home with Emily, my heart was beating quickly and I was numb with fear for what could be.

Because after all, it doesn't really matter if you live in a large city of thousands of people, or in a small town of only a couple thousand, bad things can happen in a blink of the eye.



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42 comments:

sandy said...

That is scary! I thought a lot about you after I read your Tweet on Friday! I am so glad everything was okay:0)

Janet said...

I really am impressed that the school handled it so well. You can NEVER take a chance and of course the children's safety is always priority no 1!
LOL! I remember when Stacey got her braces! It felt like a life time of wearing but was SO worth it! Good Luck Emily and take care of them - you will be THRILLED with the results!

schnider_am said...

Wow that would have been really scary. It is a good thing that it wasnt anything major. Its is good to see that the neighbors look out for everyone!

Dee-Zigns Handcrafted Jewelry said...

I agree with you on the school taking it seriously and how they handled everything. Better safe, than sorry, IMO :).

Laurie in Ca. said...

I am so thankful that people are watching and concerned about others as this neighbor was. You are so right, you never know and I think the school is amazing in the way they handled it. I hope Emily's adjustment to her new braces is a good one. They can be uncomfortable at first. I love you girl and hope your week is a blessed one:)

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Cher said...

wow---that is a little scary! We had pratice "lock-downs" at the junior high I taught at...even when it was practice it made me nervous for ever having to experience the real thing..luckily I never had to! Glad it turned out well! Stopping by from SITS to say hi! Have a great day!

Kristie said...

What an eventful day! Thank goodness the gun scare wasn't a threat! I hope Emily is doing okay with those braces, too. I remember terrible headaches the day after I got mine-yuck!

Lori said...

being in school on a lock-down is never fun, but knowing that they have these procedures in place and that the school and the police take these things seriously should make you feel a bit better

Melissa said...

Wow. That is so scary. I am so glad that the police handled it with so much caution and that everything turned out well.

lagirl said...

Glad everyone is OK and that Emily is still smiling showing off her new hardware.

susette said...

Intense story! I'm glad everyone is safe. Braces are such an exciting time in a child's life. She wears them well.

Sneaky Momma said...

How scary! We had a couple of Code Reds when I was a teacher. Nothing ever serious, but they freaked me out.
Looks like your Emily has a special day anyway. She looks so cute in her braces! :)

jen@odbt said...

That is scary. I'm glad everything is ok and hope the adjustment to her braces are going well. Glad that she's still smiling :)

Jenjen © GottaLoveMom said...

That's pretty scary - worst pins and needles ever!
Glad everything's OK.
Your daughter's smile shows she's one Happy kid - braces or no braces.

Keep smiling!
Jenjen
www.GottaLoveMom.com

Kristina P. said...

How scary! And how stupid of that guy.

GinSpaghetti said...

Oh my! I'm SO glad to hear things are okay. Braces.... ahhh! I remember those days!

Jeauxdi said...

THANK God the school has it together for emergencies like that! And thank God it was only a guy walking without THINKING!
How is Emily doing with the braces? I hoep well...
Hope you have a great day! =0)

Jillene said...

We had a very similar situation last year. Very scary but I am glad that measures were taken to keep the children safe.

Stacey said...

That is a scary situation. The same thing happened at my sons school a few years ago.

Ter said...

I'm glad they took it seriously too. Better safe than sorry.

Me said...

How scary! It is so sad that we have to be fearful of these things. I am glad all turned out well and that it wasn't more serious! Smart of the school to have such good protocol though!

Randi Troxell said...

oh my goodness... that would have scared me too death, but i am so glad that it was ok... and i too and so glad that they took it so seriously.. its nice to know had it been for real they would have taken quick action.

hippo chick said...

Sounds like your school has a plan and carried it out. Good for them.

Is her mouth sore? How long will they be in place?

~hippo hugs~

Lisa said...

Pam, wow that is very scary indeed, Love Emily's new smile, Hugs Lisa

Anissa said...

That is scary -- I'm so glad I homeschool my kids. That makes me so nervous.

Love her braces I had mine 6 years ago.

TFS

West Texas Wife said...

Holy Cow is all I have to say! Really that is a scary thing to me being a teacher of a hormonal middle schooler! They could come after me. Love her braces tell her it will all be worth it in the end.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Glad to have the update. I was curious about it after your Tweet about it.

Emily looks great with her braces. And, I'm so glad the situation was just precautionary.

Sue said...

Oh my Pam - that is so scary! Can't help but feel kinda sad for the poor Pellet Gun Man. Can you imagine?

I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious though. Your police out there are doing a great job! Phew!

How is Emily doing with the new braces?

Hugs

The Blonde Duck said...

That's scary! I'm glad they took it seriously!

Poor thing! She had two traumatic events!

Upstatemomof3 said...

First of all I am SO glad that everyone is okay. That is most important. Secondly, this is SO NOT what I needed to read this week. We have to register Big Brother for kindergarten on Thursday and I already did not want to do it. Now I get to be scared too. Thanks!! :)

tollesons4him said...

How scary was that. My husband used to teach at this one school and they had a lock down and the kid that actually brought a shotgun to class was in my husbands class and my husband saw it thank goodness they were able to catch the kid before anything bad happend. Her braces look great!!

Catrina & Randy said...

How scary! Glad to hear it was only a scare.

Braces...oh those were the days. I had to have mine twice.

Jen said...

Wow how scary, I bet you were thankful for the that appointment.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

How scary! Its so sad how kids have to live these days. I wish they had the same kind of safe feeling as my generation.

Melinda said...

At least it wasn't something worse. the braces look great!

Toni said...

wow what a scare. and all of the school shootings have happened in small communities not the cities. So we have to take every threat serious. Glad they acted so quickly.

Rob said...

Glad to hear it was not serious.

Braces look great. Out 13 yr old got brace earlier this yr also.

Tasha said...

How scary. It sounds like the school was very prepared and ready. That at least should make you feel better in such an aweful situation.

Bee and Rose said...

She looks great in her new braces!

I'm so glad it all turned out well. Our schools go on lockdown frequently becuause illegals will hide from the border patrol there. Another reason I am happy to be a homeschool family!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh...how scary! But, I'm glad it turned out to be a false alarm! You never know! However, that guy should know better than to walk around w/ a gun like that!!!

momof3girls said...

Ohhh scary! A mother's heart does beat faster until she knows her baby is okay! You are right the size of where you live does not matter. She looks very beautiful with her new braces! Thumbs up!

Brandy said...

I cannot imagine being in that situation, and I hope I never have to be in that situation. It sounds completely horrifying! I agree that it is good they handled it so seriously, especially with everything you hear on the news. I'm glad it turned out to be something not so serious and that everyone is ok!