Did College Station ISD handle a terroristic threat at a middle school properly?
There is a variety of opinions in this case of a College Station Middle Schooler's false claims of a homemade explosive device. No notice was sent home to parents following the incident, in which a student was subdued after showing a powder-filled vial with wires hanging out of it.
The student claimed he could cause an explosion with the vile, which was later found out to be harmless.
For a number of them picking kids up from College Station Middle School Monday, Friday's terroristic threat came as news to them, but they'd rather have heard about it through the district than from a news reporter.
"I know it might take a lot of ink, but sufficed to say, I would rather have known," said one mother, Tammy Canatella.
"The school should have notified the students," said another mother, Tammy Martin. "Maybe some of the students were aware. I don't know."
"Obviously, any threat is serious, but there was not a need to go beyond the room because the student was isolated," said CSISD Superintendent Eddie Coulson.
Coulson says they take any threat of any kind on any campus very seriously and on a case-by-case basis. In handling this situation, he says they took into account the fact that the student was isolated to a certain portion of the building, that the adult were there working with that student, and that the main student body was not heavily threatened in any way, shape or form.
"Given different circumstances, it may require something different from us, but for this particular case, absolutely, the right call was made," Coulson said.
And there are parents who agree, like Alice Wiese, who got word that day from her son.
"He said they'd had some problems, but everything was settled, and he was not upset with it," Wiese said. "If he's not upset, there's not a reason for me to be upset."