Where's the Line in School Lockdowns
PROSSER, Wash.- Every situation is different, so educators say there's no set line, but there is one set policy, no matter what, when a threat comes in, it's never brushed aside.
They say dealing with threats is a slippery slope.
Last week, rumors of a hit list stirred concern at Prosser High School, but an investigation revealed no reason to lockdown.
On Monday, a note with a bomb threat sent the campus into lockdown.
The decision to shut down lies in how substantiated the threat is, and there have been ten lockdowns in this area in the last week.
Educators say an increase in threats isn't necessarily causing the increased response, rather, it's easier than ever now to follow through with something.
The Internet allows people easy access to bombmaking tools, and because of it, a slippery slope is getting steeper.
Another thing educators talk about when determining whether to lock down is the situation surrounding a threat.
Times like the start or end of the day and lunch are taken more seriously because of the number of students around and easier access to those kids.