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Bomb threat does not deter school as usual

November 20, 2002

Lee County-- Security was tighter than normal at Lee County Middle School today after a bomb threat was found in a school bathroom Tuesday afternoon.

School officials think the threat is just another prank, but they took extra precautions today after searching the school with bomb-sniffing dogs last night.

It seems like any other morning at Lee Middle School. But, today is much different. Mary Robinson, a parent of one student, says "We are very frightened about it."

Parents cautiously dropped off their kids, worrying about the newest threat of violence. Parent Sherry Martin says, "It makes me nervous. Me and my daughter discussed it this morning. We just can't hide out. We discussed precautions to take and said a little prayer."

Students were ushered into the school's cafeteria where they were searched. One eighth grade student, who for security reasons cannot be on camera, says most of the kids are not worried, "It's a joke. The same thing happened last year." When asked if the newest threat even phases him, the student says, "Not really."

The school faced a series of terroristic threats at the end of the last school year-- a problem parents hoped was over. Parent Sherry Cooper says, "I didn't, I was hoping it wouldn't happen." But, every parent we spoke with is confident school leadership is in control.

School officials say they have no suspects right now, but an investigation continues. A reminder for parents at Lee Middle School: students can only bring clear or mesh book bags to school tomorrow.

Posted at 4:25 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com

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