Cumberland Times-News

Letters

April 16, 2013

Mineral County parents need to be informed of evacuations

Here we go again! Keyser High School students being evacuated to the football field because of a bomb threat. This time at least they didn’t have to stay out in the rain; they were transported to Keyser Primary Middle School.

But I do have a problem. I was not notified of this situation until after my student was back in class. And the message was if my student left to go home they had to have a note to get back in school Monday and make up any missed assignments.

Would it not have made more sense to let me know what was happening and what I should or should not be doing to help and/or protect my child?

Isn’t there some set procedure to follow when these things happen? Don’t they tell the students what is happening? Don’t they communicate to them that once the building is cleared they would be going back to class?

Why not follow a set procedure, just like a fire drill: this is what we do when the alarm sounds. This has happened enough that there should be some kind of procedure in place to deal with these threats.

Communication is a wonderful thing — it can keep problems from becoming big problems with mass confusion and hysteria. If our educators can’t comprehend this concept, maybe they shouldn’t be educators.

If the school reach phone calls can be used to tell me there is a fundraiser or a bus going to a ball game, surely it can be used to inform me that my child is in danger and what I can do to help.

James Abernathy

Keyser, W.Va.

1
Text Only
Letters
  • Please return valuable items taken from woman’s parked van

    On July 8 at 2:33 p.m. my 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlyn Cook and I arrived at Children’s Medical Group for a 3 p.m. appointment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014

  • Northern Garrett Rescue Squad raising funds, seeks members

    The Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad recently conducted several fund raising events to raise funds for new Lifepak 15’s, which are EKG monitors with AED / defibrillator.

    July 16, 2014

  • Citizens should be more ready to deal with power failures

    An open letter to the electrical power companies in West Virginia and Maryland:
    The return of electrical power to my home recently, after its unexpected failure for approximately 48 hours, as a result of such a sudden and violent storm, reminded me anew of how much I take for granted.

    July 14, 2014

  • Scare tactics, misinformation abound regarding marijuana

    In response to Frank J. Clark’s well intentioned letter, “Don’t be too quick to legalize marijuana use,” July 10 Times-News), I believe that his letter misses the point of legalizing and regulating marijuana.

    July 12, 2014

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads