Chelsea IrizarryApr 23, 2018, 1:57 pmApr 23, 2018, 2:20 pm

Copiague High School experiences a delay after bomb threat

Parents and students upset that they weren’t informed of the reason for the delay immediately


COPIAGUE-- Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School experienced a two-hour delay after Suffolk County Police Dept. say an email reporting a possible bomb threat was sent to school officials around 3:30 a.m. on Monday. Police were immediately notified by the school, and an investigation is currently ongoing.

The superintendent of school Dr. Kathleen Bannon said the police department, district security team, and administration searched the building during the delay. Police said no threat was found, and the building was deemed safe, and the high school resumed its day under normal procedures.

Students and parents said they weren't immediately informed that the delay was due to a bomb threat.

“I was ready to go to school at 6 a.m., and my dad called to tell me we were having a delay, I wasn't sure why we were having it,” junior James Holland said.

Some parents said they wished the school would have given them information about the threats immediately, and they weren't fully informed about the situation until a second call was made later Monday morning. They are concerned because this is the second bomb threat made against the school, with the first occurring on April 13.

"About 6:15 a.m. I got the automated call, that there was going to be a delayed opening," parent James Geddes said. "This is the second bomb threat and a one shooting threat, and there is very minimal information, and it's a shame we have to find out in the community before we find out about it in the school.”

Students say the threats to their school, makes them worried and uncomfortable.

“It makes me nervous I’m just worried about my safety and the safety of my peers,” Holland said.

However, some students say they feel safe in the building, and that they think the administration does a good job when it comes to handling these situations.

"Our security guards do a really good job to keep us safe but it is something to worry about," junior Jackson Bright said.

Dr. Bannon said the safety of their students and staff continues to be a top priority.

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