Around 4:30 yesterday the local news site reported that the sighting was being investigated as a hoax. Now, here's my question:
How do they know it was a hoax?
Is it because they have found no evidence to support the contrary? Is it because they couldn't locate the person with the gun? Was it a student or an adult? How close were they to the schools? Were they on the property or along the road adjacent to the neighborhood? Or, was it an adult with a concealed carry permit who was headed to a swim class that morning? There are so many questions here, and so few answers. I want answers, dammit.
I also would have preferred to have been notified via a phone call earlier in the day, rather than an easily-misplaceable letter after my son returned home from school. I know other parents feel the same way. Please, bother me! Give me information like this that really is necessary! Send me as many phone calls as you need to so I can ensure that my child is safe!
I am thankful that Alex's last day of public school is a week from today. Yet, I'm worried that whatever might have almost gone down yesterday, if anything, might just be delayed a day or two. I would love to withdraw him today, on grounds that the school is inept at notifying the parents when there really could be a problem. Would I have been there to pick my child up in a heartbeat? You betcha. (not a Palin fan, but leaving that anyway because I said it first.) Did the school system likely want to prevent that? Oh yeah. (totally a Kool-aid man fan, though).
This reminds me of something similar that happened in high school, during the Columbine era. But, that's a story for another day.