Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

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.

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