F.K. White Middle School. (Photo courtesy of the Calcasieu Parish School Board)
Last Modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:56 PM
Students at F.K. White Middle were evacuated on Monday after a student brought a dismantled radio with wires to school.
Calcasieu Parish School Board Public Information Officer Kirby Smith said the incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. and the all-clear was give by 3:30 p.m.
Smith said the student showed the radio to other students, who told school administrators.
“The school resource officer confiscated the device and called in the Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Office called in the bomb squad,” she said.
The bomb squad secured the contraband.
“It wasn’t a bomb. It didn’t look like a bomb, but everyone took the proper safety precautions to remove the device and make sure everything was OK,” Smith said.
Students were evacuated from the campus to the McNeese State University football stadium.
Parents were alerted via-school messenger alert, which sends out phone calls that pickup would take place at the stadium.
Students who ride the bus were also delayed in arrival to their homes. The stadium was clear by 4:15 p.m.
“Parents cooperated wonderfully with the adjusted pickup routine,” Smith said. “Students, teachers and staff at FK White followed procedures almost perfectly.”
Posted By: PQW On: 3/21/2014
Title: your right
Lives ARE at stake when we have people watching over our kids that can't tell a radio from a frickin bomb. I can only imagine the results from a kid bringing a Merlin game to school and it going off. Sure we have to use caution because it is our kids but we have to be prudent. I guess simply removing the radio from the building was too simple?
Posted By: Thankful Mom On: 3/18/2014
No, we are not going too far!! Lives are at stake on school campuses every day. I would not want to be the one to make the decision that "it doesn't look like a bomb so therefore it can't be a bomb" and put hundreds of lives at risk. I'm so glad those that think this was taken too far are NOT making the decisions about my child's safety!!!
Posted By: Me On: 3/18/2014
You mean to tell me that the people that are educating our children cannot tell the difference between a radio and an explosive device????
Posted By: Joey On: 3/18/2014
Title: Reply to geez
I don't think we are going to far, especially after one student told another student it was a bomb. I applaud the school for their actions, if they had done nothing, and a bomb did explode, we would be criticizing administrators for not doing enough.
Posted By: PQW On: 3/18/2014
Aren't we going a bit too far?