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Reporting on this is getting 'old'

Sunday, January 27, 2008

There's an old saying that has been creeping to the forefront from the depth of my mind lately.

Ignorance is bliss.

This saying, I'm quite sure, has nothing to do with the television show "Good Morning Miss Bliss," which spawned "Saved by the Bell."

Rather, I'm fairly certain this saying has a lot to do with what Clay County residents have witnessed quite a bit of recently: Those ignorant ramblings on bathroom walls of a school building.

These ramblings are causing quite a stir.

A scribbled bomb threat on a bathroom wall requires all school officials to act accordingly. In turn, law enforcement must be called because they have to act accordingly.

A single scribbling like this causes interruption, during school hours. Time is lost and education suffers.

This is why these kinds of threats are "ignorant."

I can't help but remember when I was in school. Seven years of middle and high school and not one single scribbled threat.

Since I returned to The Brazil Times, however, we've witnessed three. All three, coincidentally, have taken place in a matter of months.

Who can forget the threat that took place late last year?

School officials must take appropriate action following a threat like this.

They must call law enforcement, which in turn, have to take time out of their day to investigate the "threat."

Then, the media gets involved.

There are certain things that get a journalists' blood flowing. The juices start running and we're ready to go, eager to get involved.

Scribbled "ignorant" bomb threats do not necessarily fall into this category.

But, as members of the media, we have to report on these "ignorant" ramblings. If we didn't, community members would question why it wasn't "news." That's why we take these types of threats (and I am starting to use this term rather loosely) just as serious as anyone else.

All threats like this are news, whether we like it or not. But that doesn't mean media members enjoy it anymore than school officials or law enforcement.

Or for that matter, parents of the students in the building.

These parents also have to take time out of their day to go to the school and pick their children up.

Once again, time is lost and education suffers.

Simply put, it's not funny anymore. But then again, it really wasn't funny to begin with.

It's not a joke. It's a serious matter. As Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton has stated, time and time again mind you, "We have to take every threat seriously."

Serious or not, the joke has to stop here. Sure, the perpetrators who elect to scribble this "ignorance" may find it humorous. But there are many more students who don't find it funny.

To those who think it's a big joke, you may find it odd that some students actually want to learn. They come to school to better themselves. They come to school to prepare for the rest of their lives. They come to school to become a more well rounded person.

They don't come to school to scribble on a bathroom wall. That's what a notebook is for.

Try to keep that in mind from now on.