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Bomb Threat Scrawled on Old Quarry Stall—Again

Another bomb threat was reported at Old Quarry Middle School Monday, Dec. 2.

A bomb threat was found written on a stall in a girls bathroom at Old Quarry Middle School Monday, Dec. 2. It's the fourth instance in as many months at Lemont-Bromberek District 113A.

Lemont police responded to a call reporting the threat around 12:30 p.m., said Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy. The school was put on soft lockdown while staff and police investigated. The threat was found to be unsubstantiated.

Classroom sign-out procedures and regular staff bathroom checks implemented after the last threat have helped staff narrow the timeframe in which the threat was written, according to a letter from Assistant Superintendent Mary Gricus. Principal Bill Caron is interviewing any students who signed out to use the bathroom during the timeframe the threat was written. 

"It was very similar to the instance from before," Shaughnessy said. "I'm very confident that the detectives will be able to clear up the matter."

Parents are demanding answers after multiple bomb threats and soft lockdowns. Some have started an online petition seeking action from Old Quarry Principal William Caron, interim Superintendent Dr. Pamela Hollich, and the District 113A board. Parents have requested better communication from administration, including notification of such threats. 

"It is unacceptable for this to continue," the petition reads. "Action is needed to prevent these threats from continuing and to find and punish those involved in making the threats. 

"Our children’s education is being disrupted and their safety compromised." 

Assistant Superintendent Gricus noted the administration's concern and efforts to solve the recurring issue.

"We know you share our frustration with the serious disruptions to our students' instructional program and that you will support our efforts by talking to your children about the seriousness of this situation and any threat to the safety and well-being of our students and staff," Gricus wrote. 

School security and student discipline has become a hot-button issue in the school community. Soft lockdowns disrupt the school day and distract students from learning, but the school takes every precaution necessary when a threat is discovered. Many parents are demanding disciplinary action for students responsible for the false alarms.

"I commend the schools for taking every threat seriously," wrote parent Robyn Horn. "I have no doubt that they evacuate those students immediately when the time comes for that. However, without finding those responsible, it's going to continue to happen." 

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Hank Olenick December 03, 2013 at 10:17 AM
I spoke to my sister , an administrator Los Angeles Unified School District about this last night. I asked her what disciplinary action would be taken there. Her answer was expulsion, no question. Then I asked about bringing a handgun to school , her answer expulsion and arrest . Apparently that is not the case in Lemont . You see, if you allow one kid off the hook for bringing a gun to school then what's a few words written on a bathroom wall?
purnrg December 03, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Cameras outside bathrooms/ expulsion
Laura Biggs December 03, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Recent emailed letter from school principal just this morning...found out who wrote threat on bathroom wall yesterday. Letter says "Appropriate disciplinary actions will be administered for those involved." This punishment needs to be harsh and shared to deter other children from continuing to do this.
B.S. Buster December 03, 2013 at 12:50 PM
They said the same thing 40 years ago when it was the false fire alarms. It's the age old cat and mouse game. kids aren't stupid , they know they won't go to jail
Edward Andrysiak December 03, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Sometime I think Kids are overly protected. We don't publish their names, show their pictures or dish out realistic punishment. Public embarrassment and humiliation is a powerful tool...it also has an impact on parents as well. You can be sure mom and dad will shake a big finger at little Johnie or Suzie exclaiming..."don't you ever embarrass me or the family by doing something foolish" etc, etc. Too "soft" these days...and the kids know it!
Renee December 03, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Expulsion better be the "appropriate disciplinary action". Whoever did this apparently has a few screws loose!!! If him/her is capable of doing this, God only knows what will come next!
B.S. Buster December 03, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Ed, that was your day and age. Today people aren't embarrassed for anything. They don't pay their bills and blame the bank that loaned them the money. They sign up for college loans and ask for th to be forgiven. Chances are more likely the parents will lodge a law suit against the district than any other outcome. Also, you know with expulsion we then have to pay to send them to an alternative school. So that kid gets personal attention and small class size
Renee December 03, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Hank, after reading your comment, I'm a bit confused. Did someone bring a handgun to school? If so, I wasn't aware of this.
B.S. Buster December 03, 2013 at 04:39 PM
If Hank or anyone else had credible evidence that something like that occurred they should report it to the police. Why isn't this discussed with the police chief?
Hank Olenick December 03, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Yes they did...a girl who showed it to another student . The gun was inoperable according to the school board and she " missed her grandfather"...I read about it right here. I did not personally witness this .. BUT having read it on Patch I am certain the editor can repost it. There are others , whom I know read these posts regularly. Would one of you please come forward with the story and the disciplinary action taken?
B.S. Buster December 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM
A patch poster whom Hank doesn't even know the name of said so??? That's enough to level charges of malfeasance for Hank! Quite a guy
Hank Olenick December 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
No, Paulie. The STORY was posted here. You are thick!
Renee December 03, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Sorry to rain on your parade, Paul C., but Hank is telling the truth! Google it!!!
B.S. Buster December 04, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Now Renee and Hank, there is a search feature on main page of Lemont Patch...put in gun and of the 63 articles and comments with the word gun the only article with gun and Old quarry relate to a rumor based on a face book page created in Pennsylvania and dated dec 2012 in the hysteria following Sandy Hook. Seems like admin and Lemont PD did a good job tracing the RUMOR (their word) back to PA... Still waiting for data on anyone bringing a gun into the school. Google doesn't show the article or even comment you reference, neither does Patch own search. Why don't you just paste your link here that proves the malfeasance you claim
Hank Olenick December 04, 2013 at 09:18 AM
Ask the editor...you've go plenty of time on your hands
B.S. Buster December 04, 2013 at 09:24 AM
I don't need to prove YOUR point. YOU do!
Renee December 04, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Paul, I tried copying the link but it will not paste. Go to aplusforsd113a.com, click on documents & then click school district 113a discipline policy. Not sure if this is real or something that really took place, but it looks legit to me. I found it after I googled it. I also put in an email to the editor asking if she posted a story about this incident in the past. Still waiting for a response. Please don't EVER accuse me of claiming "malfeasance"!
Hank Olenick December 04, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Mass Preplanned Food Fight vs. Individual Inoperable Pistol In 2010 the District 113A took action against 8th grade students who conspired for a mass food fight in the school cafeteria. (See May 26, 2010 http://www.sd113a.org/pages/uploaded_files/May%2026%2C%202010%20Open%20Session%20Minutes%20-%20executed.pdf) The board enacted a three-point punishment: 1. 10 day suspension (which the student may get zero’s for grades) 2. No participation and no refund of a scheduled field trip and 3. No participation in graduation ceremonies ( 9 years of working towards graduation day, a parents dream to see their child get their diploma, taken away for ONE action for some. And it wasn’t for bringing a inoperable gun to school.). For some students who were also honor roll students, this was their first offense. While not all board members agreed with the same punishment for all students, there was consensus and the ruling held. A second incident according to the accidentally released closed session minutes of Sept. 6, 2011 stated directly from the minutes “In this specific case, on Friday August 26th at about 4:00 pm the parent of the student self-reported that the student has brought an inoperable pistol to school and had it on the bus where she showed it to another student.” 3 of 7 Board of Education members judged both infractions. The other 4 only judged one of the two infractions. According the Board minutes both student and parent attended the closed session. By law Boards of Education have disciplinary case by case leeway to expel for up to 2 years for weapons. Board punishment upon the River Valley 4th Grade student was “a ten day suspension beginning on August 29th”. “Any other weapons incident would result in a one year expulsion recommendation. The board was in agreement with the suspension and did not modify the recommendation.”
Renee December 04, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Thank you, Hank!
Hank Olenick December 04, 2013 at 10:51 AM
So there you have it...ten day suspension for bringing a gun to school...Which is worse? Writing on the wall or this? Is it possible this student was related to an elected official and therefore got preferential treatment? Maybe THIS needs to be revisited in light of the current events.
B.S. Buster December 04, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Just followed your link, as suspected nothing about guns.... http://www.sd113a.org/pages/uploaded_files/May%2026%2C%202010%20Open%20Session%20Minutes%20-%20executed.pdf Cut right out of your post. Hanks at it again. The 10 pages of the PDF don't mention the word gun at all
Renee December 04, 2013 at 11:08 AM
U clearly didn't read the entire page! I provided the website & steps on how to get to the part about the gun. I give up! I'm done discussing this with Paul C. Go try to aggravate someone else because it won't work with me! Do you even have children in the district? If not, beat it!!
Hank Olenick December 04, 2013 at 11:09 AM
I JUST POSTED IT FOR YOU!!!!! Hank's at what? Trying to see that the punishment should fit the crime?
B.S. Buster December 04, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Renee, your page is a Laura Reigles political blog taken from a very contentious period with a different board, different superintendent. It is not confirmed by any secondary independent source.Just followed hanks link, as suspected nothing about guns.... http://www.sd113a.org/pages/uploaded_files/May%2026%2C%202010%20Open%20Session%20Minutes%20-%20executed.pdf Cut right out of your post. Hanks at it again
Renee December 04, 2013 at 12:39 PM
It's not page, but rather something I came across. As I explained to you earlier, I wasn't sure it was legit or not.
Renee December 04, 2013 at 12:39 PM
*its not my page

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