School’s reaction to bomb threat draws mixed response


Students and faculty evacuate Seymour Middle School on Feb. 6 after a note containing a bomb threat was turned over to school resource officer Billy Smith. The school has received criticism and praise from parents on how it handled the situation. PHOTO BY AARON PIPER

As a parent, Kim Elmore was angry she wasn’t better informed about a recent bomb threat at Seymour Middle School that caused the evacuation of all students, including her son.

“The Seymour Community School System continues to disappoint me. I am furious,” she said. “This is unacceptable behavior from the people that we trust to keep our children safe. A note sent home with barely any details is not acceptable.”

That letter from Principal Doug McClure explained that students were evacuated Feb. 6 in response to a note containing a bomb threat.

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