[The Brazil Times nameplate] Partly Cloudy ~ 73°F  
High: 74°F ~ Low: 49°F
Friday, May 6, 2016

BREAKING NEWS: Yet another bomb threat at North Clay

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

For the second time in the past week, North Clay Middle School officials discovered a bomb threat written on a restroom door at the school late Wednesday morning.

"It is very frustrating, not only for administration, law enforcement and students, but for parents and the community in general," Superintendent Dan Schroeder said.

According to a press release issued on the Clay Community Schools' website, the threat did not involve any individual, groups, or mention a specific date, time or location.

School officials contacted and worked with members of the Indiana State Police and Clay County Sheriff's Department to perform a security sweep of the building, but found nothing suspicious.

Students were not evacuated from the building. They remained in classrooms during the initial security sweep, and officers did not find anything suspicious during a second sweep of the school shortly after 3:30 p.m.

According to school policy, a student issuing threats in this manner can face a maximum penalty of expulsion from school and the potential for legal charges.

"We have to treat every threat as a viable one," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "(Each time) we go out and make sure, with the staff and administration, to gauge if a threat is viable. It really is a disruption to the students' education. It causes an unnecessary drain of resources, but really effects the students in the learning process."

Officers will be at the school when students arrive for class Thursday to ensure increased security at the facility.

Schroeder said, that if he were a student, he would rather be in the classroom than sitting in the gym for more than an hour like NCMS students had to do for the Jan. 16 bomb threat.

NCMS Principal Jeff Allen has already addressed the student body about the disruption caused by bomb threats, according to Schroeder.

"We're going to be looking at additional in-house measures to lessen the frequencies of these types of incident. I don't think we'll be able to get rid of them completely," Schroeder said. "We want to talk to our folks first and get their input."


Comments
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

Why is it that this relatively small community has these problems with our children? I know, we are talking about one or two individuals out of more than a thousand, but still we have incidents occurring that appear in the news more often than even Terre Haute which is much larger.

Between bomb threats, drugs, threats from students on staff or other students, and unfortunately death by automobile accidents...all that has happened in this community since last November...why do we see more of this in our small community than other surrounding communities of equal or larger size?

Obviously some of it (the fatal accidents) could happen anywhere, but the rest...it seems to me we have way more than our fair share.

I'm not trying to lay blame here, just start a discussion on why we have the numerous situations we have. I've monitored the immediate area, either we are the only ones reporting these things or we are way above the norm in comparison. Why???

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 6:42 AM

The student who was making threats was not really from our county. He had just transfered into the school system. I think it is a combination of the two. We report things and for some reason our children see the need to act out to get attention. Maybe if more parents spent time with their childeren and not doing drugs or other things, these kids would not feel the need to do this.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 6:47 AM

To ClayCountyGuy;

The difference between Clay County and Vigo or any other large district is simple. Each of those schools has security and officers in the schools. It lets the kids and teachers feel safer and it also discourages others from committing various crimes because there is a fear of possibly getting caught. They also have security cameras in place to also catch them in the act. However the vocal minority in Clay County would rather see their taxes go down than spend it on these non necessary things. One even went as far as to say the kids could learn in tents, just as well, and another said simply installing doorbells would solve the problem. And everyone wonders why Clay County isn't growing and we have problems.

-- Posted by studentsfirst on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:06 AM

Partrosie.... Do you know this person that made the threats? If you do, then you need to report them.

I do not have a solution for this problem. I wish I did. I am willing to sit in on committees or do what I can as a parent. This certainly is taking a toll on my kids!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:09 AM

I have a very simple solution to this never ending problem! Put security cameras in all the bathrooms that display the date and time...place a teacher in each bathroom at every passing period, when there is a threat written on the bathroom stall check the security camera, date and time and whoola, you've got your culpret! The schools need to spend a little money for security to keep our children safe!

-- Posted by clgruener on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:44 AM

If you talk to anyone outside the community, Clay County is known for Meth Labs, Trouble makers, and an all around lower class of society. That makes me so proud! And to think I wanted my children to grow up in a smaller community like I did. I guess I should have stayed where we were. The county needs to step it up and take care of things. Get the money to make things happen. This is an embarassment to everyone that lives here and everyone should be ashamed.

-- Posted by smoke20fan on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 8:07 AM

Good God! WAKE UP! If you know who's making the threat, open your mouth. Makes me so glad I moved from CCCS.

-- Posted by ksarmywife on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 8:21 AM

People will flip if there are cameras in the stalls. I am not too sure I wouldnt be one of the "flippies".

My daughter told me last night that there are no bathroom breaks during lunch now. That has to be for security but it also can be a problem for the kids. Kids have to pay the price for the actions of others. What a sad state of affairs.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 8:29 AM

I moved here from a suburb of a large city (I grew up near this area)and thought it would be a much safer area to raise to my kids. I also thought it would be a great opportunity to raise them in a small town evironment with the small town values and morals that I myself was raised with, however, it's amazing to me how much small town life has changed. Even near the larger city we didn't see these problems in the schools the way we do here. I love living in Brazil and most of the people are so nice but I'm just amazed at the amount of drug use, school threats, and "small" (for lack of a better word)crime. I think part of the blame has to fall to the parents not being involved enough in the lives of their children, part of it is, in my opinion, that they're getting away with it without much in the way of consequences. It's sad when you have keep the kids from using the restroom during their lunch hour to try to deter the problem. Something needs to be done and quickly.

-- Posted by asil on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 11:52 AM

We moved here to a small area to raise our daughter when she was in the 6th. grade. she was a good bright girl with no problems but that did not last,North Clay Middle School was a huge change. for The fighting,drugs.teachers pets ect. is terriable. We ended up with a troubled child at the years end, and no one listened.

Then came High school, God have mercy on the kids there. She & her boyfriend told me of drug dealers there that carried guns and hid them in the boys bathroom ceiling. I called the state police, the school ect. I was told that day by her counsler she was a hibtual

lier. She gave up, it was like the teachers ect. stalked her every move after that, I have homed schooled her all year and what a blessing that has been.

Moral to this is the things she was telling them has come to light this year.

Kids are singled out and bullied and yet no one listens.The same ones are cheer leaders year after year ect.

We aren't poor by a long shot but we may as well had been because we were treated as trash.

A LOT OF KIDS ARE STILL SUFFERING IN BOTH SCHOOLS AND THE PARENTS HANDS ARE TIED .IF YOU ARE A SON OR DAUGHTER OF SOMEONE THEY FEEL IS IMPORTANT THEN IT HAS TO BE THE UNIMPORANT KIDS FAULT.

COME ON PEOPLE LISTEN TO ALL THE CHILDREN THEY ARE OUR FUTURE AND OUR FUTURE IS LOOKING BLEAK RIGHT NOW.

-- Posted by WWJDPeople on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 2:09 PM

NUMBER ONE PRIORITY SHOULD BE THE KIDS AND IN MY OPINION THE COMMUNITY LEADERS OF THIS GREAT SCHOOL SYSTEM ARE FAILING OUR YOUTH. MY COMMENT HAS TO DO WITH THE "COUNSELING" STAFF OF N.C.M.S. THESE PEOPLE COMBINE THE ROLE OF DISCIPLINARIAN WITH "GUIDANCE COUNSELOR". THIS MAY HAVE BEEN A DECISION MADE BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OR THE SCHOOL BOARD ON THEIR ROLE/JOB DESCRIPTION OR THEY MAY HAVE JUST TAKEN IT UPON THEMSELVES AS A MEANS TO BE AS NASTY TO AS MANY KIDS AS POSSIBLE I'M NOT SURE. WHERE IS FREUD WHEN YOU NEED HIM!

AT ANY RATE THESE STUDENTS WILL NOT TALK TO ANY OF THEM ABOUT THEIR ISSUES, INSTEAD THEY CONFIDE IN THE TEACHERS, TEACHER AIDS AND OTHER STAFF. THESE PEOPLE (GUIDANCE COUNSELORS) ARE GETTING PAID A LOT MORE THAN SOME OF THE TEACHERS AS "ADMINISTRATORS" YET HERE IS A CHINK IN THE MIGHTY ARMOUR.

ANY OF THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH HOME OR OTHER THINGS WILL JUST HOLD IT IN FOR FEAR OF GETTING IN TO TROUBLE. I FEEL WE SHOULD NOT ONLY HOLD THE STUDENTS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS BUT THE ADULTS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE INVOLVED IN THEIR WELL BEING HAVE FAILED AS WELL.

I HAVE A STUDENT AT THIS SCHOOL AND I AM NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE THREATS AS MUCH AS MAYBE I SHOULD BE. I KNOW THAT THEY (THE STUDENTS) ARE JUST VYING FOR THE ATTENTION THEY'RE NOT GETTING ANYWHERE ELSE.

-- Posted by nikki_mathews on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 3:35 PM

.

First of all, we have let our youth down, what do we have as a community for these kids? Parents working all shifts to make ends meet, single moms working 2 jobs just to meet the needs of their children. It is not the fault of these kids that they are put in this situation. We could hold the parents accountable, but is that fair to the single mom who works 2 jobs just to feed and house her kids.

I don't have the answers but hope someone comes up with it. Security might be the answer, put the police in our school. Can you put a price on the life of our children. With a combined enrollment of 2044 children in NCMS & NVHS, can we spend $1 per week per child for police to patrol, I'm sure for $1022 per school a week we can afford it. I do know its not that easy. Just a thought $1 a week per child for security sounds affordable to me.

-- Posted by mamawpam on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 6:17 PM

Makes us glad that we moved here for our children. Small town schools always in the news! Bomb threats, "Rumors" of a plot for a school shooting, no contracts, teachers peeing in the road, students arrested for intimidation. All in 9 months. Big draw for Clay County! This school system is in serious trouble in several ways and the administrators either don't know what to do or won't. Time for the School board to get a grip on things before the STATE Board of Education needs to be involved.

-- Posted by northview_mom on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:24 PM

Extra school security might be a step in the right direction. I know money for this is not in the budget right now but it should be. Recently there have been talk of spending in excess of 50 million dollars to make imporvements on some of the schools. I think some of that money should go to pay for uniformed Police officers who could be assigned to the High schools and Middle Schools.

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 7:44 PM

I was not informed of the threats until I read it in the newspaper. If I knew of threats you bet your life I would have told anyone who would listen! I think that the blame is being put on the wrong people. The School Board is in charge of spending money on and for the schools. They are the ones that need to step up and do their jobs.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 11:24 AM


Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: