Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 12:37 pm

Here is an artical from Keloland TV:

Threats of school violence are all too common after the shooting at Columbine high school two years ago.

Since that deadly day, KELOLAND TV has stopped reporting threats - unless there's a genuine concern from school officials.

Today Sioux Falls superintendent Jack Keegan came to us, asking for help in stopping rumors, after graffiti surfaced at Roosevelt High School.

The writing on the wall-although it makes no specific threat- has the school taking extra precautions.

The date April 20th or 4-20 has long been tied to senior skip days and marijuana use. It's also the day 13 Columbine students lost their lives.
Now, graffitti points to problems tomorrow at RHS.

It's not something you see every day at Roosevelt High School. Adults on watch at the front doors - monitoring everyone who comes in and goes out.

The school is taking action after four graffiti messages, written in felt tip marker on a boy's bathroom wall, showed up in the last three weeks.

Principal Jim Denevan says, "This is basically the second note that we received. It says 4/20 - the day we smoke; the day we choke; the day the school will choke."

The first message read 4-20 beware; another - surprise 4-20. We can only show you a portion of the fourth written yesterday. It uses bad language.

"It's the same person three times, it's a boy, and we've identified what portion of the day," says Denevan.

In an effort to find out who's responsible, the school put students to the test.

"We had a Roosevelt High school quiz then on Tuesday morning and we had 10 questions we asked every student in the building and got handwriting samples from every student in the building," Denevan says.

The school is now looking for a

"It did narrow it down and we have investigated over 25 different people plus we've had 40-50 people come in and talk to officer Schaeffer or myself," he says.

Principals and the police are doing locker searches, checking backpacks - but there's still no suspect. They're confident tomorrow will come and go without a problem but are still playing it safe.

Denevan says, "We'll be sweeping the school, every inch of the building tonight. We'll be sweeping completely, every inch of the building tomorrow morning before anybody gets in."

Keegan won't consider calling off classes - he says that would only hold people hostage to fear.

If the person writing the notes is found - they'll likely be suspended and face criminal charges.

The person who turns them in will get a 300-dollar reward.


And I must say! Yes, the rumors are flying around school. Such things as it's going to be a blood-bath tomorrow, to they have now found a hit list. What to believe? Some people I know are staying home tomorrow, becuase they are scared, whihc is a legitimate (sp) reason, but still. We are alowed to come in ONE door tomorrow, yes, all 2000 students. Plus, we are going to have officers patroling the building all day long. I feel safe, I am going to school tomorrow. I think it is really stupid. I thought it was clever how they got handwriting samples from everybody, i had no clue about what it was for. The quiz was basic questions about the school. The ad-rooms who got the most right, get pizza parties, sounded harmless enough. But I really feel nothing is going to happen, though, i might just be wrong.

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RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 12:46 pm

I certainly hope nothing happens. It seems your school has really taken a lot of efforts to figure out who wrote it and are attempting to prevent it. It could very well be a real threat, but b/c of the date it could just be a prank. If it is a prank I hope the kid who wrote it pays dearly. Plus it seems odd that somebody would actually announce they would do such a thing... just my thoughts
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RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 12:55 pm

I go to a Catholic School, we dont seem to have these problems........

RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 12:59 pm

If i were you, i woudln't have the mind set of "I go to a private catholic school, nothing like this [that] could ever happen here," becuase I am sure it surely could.
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RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 1:03 pm

That's what people who make those threats hope for - publicity. Most likely nothing will happen.
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RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 5:47 pm

Nothing is gonna happen. Usually there are no threats before a school episode. It just comes to them!!! Some kids are really crazy.
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RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 7:03 pm

I doubt anything will happen. But if it does be sure to wave to everyone here at when your on TV!

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RE: Situation At My School

Fri Apr 20, 2001 9:55 pm

Something similar to this happened to me at my school a couple months ago. A bomb threat was found on the bathroom wall. The police took all the actions they needed (searched lockers, the building, stayed up ALL night and morning doing this - they found nothing) and nothing happened. So chances are it's just a prank or something but I wouldn't be too worried about it.

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RE: Situation At My School

Sat Apr 21, 2001 1:31 am

All you can do is be prepared for the worst, and hope for the best. That is scary. I know that if something like that occurred at my school, my parents would keep me home on the day that the plan is said to occur.

RE: Situation At My School

Sat Apr 21, 2001 2:24 am

These threats are common, at the school I went to last year, we had one. It is scary when these things happen though!
N312RC, actually the last school short (the one where the girl short another girl, in the Northeast) was at a Private Catholic school if I remember right. So you are not quite as safe as you though!
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RE: Situation At My School

Sat Apr 21, 2001 4:12 am


Im not saying that it never could happen at my school, but you dont know the administration at my school. Kids get EXPELLED for writing on lockers! They are strict! (They are nice if you are a good person though).
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RE: Situation At My School

Sat Apr 21, 2001 6:05 am

Today a girl in my history class brought a orange colored water pistol to school and the teacher (who is the nicest teacher in the school) threatened to get her suspended...its pretty tense...

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RE: Situation At My School

Sat Apr 21, 2001 7:10 am

Well, obviously nothing happened, like i had though, and planned on. So, it was a prank, or they caught the dude who was going to do it. It got so annoying today, everybody talking about it. The good thing though, was half the school didn't show up, so it made it for a very pleasurable day. And, we got out an hour early! The principle thanked us for comming ot school, and said, you can go home. So that was very nice. This same thing happned at RHS last year, but it wasn't this publicized (sp?). At lunch though a kid blew up a plastic bag, and poped it, it was kinda funny, but some people kinda got freaked out. How mature. The day we as i thought.

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