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Old Quarry Nabs Student Responsible for Latest Bomb Threat

Stricter classroom measures and staff bathroom checks helped school staff narrow down the list of students who could have scrawled the latest threat—with one ultimately claiming responsibility.

Classroom sign-out procedures and staff bathroom checks helped Old Quarry staff identify the student responsible for a fake bomb threat written on a bathroom wall Monday. 

Staff were able to pinpoint the threat's time of origin, and focused on students out of the classrooms during that span. Staff, police and Principal Caron then interviewed the students—and one ultimately took responsibility for the unsubstantiated threat, according to a notice from Principal William Caron.  


"Appropriate disciplinary actions will be administered for those involved," Caron wrote. "We will continue to use the bathroom procedures put in place after other incidents, as they were our primary way of resolving this most recent threat."

The threat was the fourth since the beginning of the school year, each of which led to a soft lockdown while staff and police investigated. 

Parents have been demanding answers after the multiple instances. 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." 

Principal Caron recognized the parents' concern Tuesday. 

"We appreciate the concern that many of our parents expressed during these interruptions to our students’ learning and the cooperation and support we have had from our community," Caron wrote. "Old Quarry is not just a middle school with over 1,000 students; it is a center of the community with students who reflect the high standards we have for them. 

"However, sometimes our students make mistakes in judgment. That is when our community comes together to help our kids learn and grow."

It's easy to keep up with Patch!

 

Edward Andrysiak December 03, 2013 at 01:29 PM
When I was inducted into the military...I didn't mind the hair cut...the baggy clothes and a lot of other things. BUT, the real shocker came when I entered the latrine and saw a row of sinks, a big room with shower heads and a row of toilets. One next to the other in a row of about twenty. There were NO PARTITIONS! Maybe we should remind the young people that privacy is a privilege not to be taken too lightly...keep writing on the partitions and we can take them down. (I see some of you smiling)
Carol December 03, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Thank you to the administration and staff for your fine work. Cudos to each and everyone of you!! Education professionals are number ONE in my book! You keep the students safe and you continually work to solve problems.
Carol December 03, 2013 at 01:58 PM
With comments that criticize the administration and staff as I have seen it is no wonder why students do not respect their school. Children need role models who respect their school and the professionals who teach them!!! I hope the student(s) responsible will not only have consequences at school but also at home!
Carol December 03, 2013 at 02:30 PM
I am not referring to your comment. I have been reading so many negative comments about the administration that I questioned the confidence the parents have in the administration and staff. I truly believe they are doing the best for the students.
Gavin Sebastian December 03, 2013 at 02:58 PM
The offender should be expelled and face MAJOR consequences. It is paramount that a clear message is sent to avoid copycat or more serious incidents.
Catherine Stukel December 03, 2013 at 05:17 PM
Small town. No doubt that kid's name will leak out. But remember folks - this is a cry for attention. And it could have been YOUR kid too. I wish the family well with this as they will forever be known as the family with "that kid". Be kinder than normal -- you never know the load they carry.
Ashtupi December 03, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Im a 7th grader in the school and im getting sick of this because its ruining my education i actually want to learn to get into a good college and have a good career. i reported the bomb threat that happened the week before break and im not happy anymore this need to stop NOW!!
Carol December 03, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Ashtupi, you should not take the blame for doing the right thing. I know it is hard as a young person to report such incidences but you did the right thing. Be proud and in life stand by your convictions! Believe in yourself!!
rwelko December 03, 2013 at 08:20 PM
When I was in elementary school, they had such a thing as reform school for cronic trouble makers. Now the parents take their xboxes and cell phones away for the day. Maybe the parents should pay for the educational losses that hundreds of kids incurred?
Phill December 04, 2013 at 07:29 AM
To be honest, I could care less WHICH kids are responsible. But as a parent with 2 kids in the school system, I would like to know what the "Appropriate disciplinary actions" are. I am constantly teaching my kids that there are consequences to their actions and this serves as a lesson that hits close to home with them. Obviously thus far, the “Appropriate disciplinary actions” have not been working. Nor do I even know what they were. I would like to know exactly what is being done to the offender, so I can pass the info along to my kids to help keep them in check as they grow up and are put into situations that they will need to decide on which path to take.
Senora Salazar December 04, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Again...Sometimes I wonder about my "neighbors". It was wrong. It's a kid. The parents, administration, and authorities will handle it appropriately. Now how about focusing on real problems like class size, drug abuse, school funding and oh yeah...finding a superintendent that can handle our school district/board. The priorities in this town are upside down! Some of these comments suggest illegal and costly measures. Remember people...Lemont taxpayers do not fund/support their district. Don't ask for more with less. OQ has over 1,000 students with 2 administrators. There are classes with over 40 kids to ONE teacher. There are classrooms WITHOUT enough seats! Priorities people! And I feel sorry for all the good people and KIDS who read the patch...I wonder what they think of all their friendly neighbors!
Don Mueggenborg December 04, 2013 at 07:30 PM
It is easy to call for expulsion but that is not always the best solution. Some action must be taken. I imagine that it was a prank that got attention so the person kept it up or there were copy cats who thought it was funny. Good job school personnel for finding the person responsible.
Edward Andrysiak December 06, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Great work by School staff! Thank you all. Now we come to the part where we decide what the punishment ought to be. Admittedly, all the detail here is not known but it seems like a swift and meaningful punishment would deter others. I would suggest this student be expelled but offered enrollment in one of the "private" grade schools in the district in a coordinated program that is devised for future offenders as well. Moving a kid out and away from friends etc and into a new environment could be both, a punishment and a positive character rebuilding effort. The parents should pay the tuition if they are financially solvent. If not we might arrange for a alternate method for funding assistance or payback on a time payment schedule. If you expel...the whole school will figure out who this person is anyway...I say, move him/her out!
Carol December 06, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Now that the student has been identified by the administration it is not necessary for the community to know who or what action is being taken. Confidentiality is of utmost importance! Remember, we must put ourselves in the position of the family. Privacy should prevail!!
Edward Andrysiak December 07, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Wow...it is the "hiding" of the detail when a kid does something wrong that needs some rethinking. It may seem well meaning, but public humiliation is an important ingredient in deterring acts of this kind. The kid should know that they will shame themselves and their family. They should know these acts will make Mom and Dad very unhappy and that there are consequences for bad behavior. Maybe they would think twice before "acting out." We have become way too soft! In my day no kid would even think of pulling a prank like this off because there were dire consequences...nobody was ready to sweep it under the table as at present. The kids know they can get away with just about anything. Responsibility and character building traits suffer and so does the kid in the long run.
Carol December 07, 2013 at 05:52 PM
As far as I am concerned, it is none of my business who the student is and the consequences the child is to pay is also, not my business!!! It is up to the administration, and the parents must also hold the child responsible. What purpose will it serve to humiliate the student and family in the community. My children are grown and have their own families. Families should be private and take care of their own problems!! It is not for ALL to know. Children can learn without being paraded out in the community!!!
Edward Andrysiak December 09, 2013 at 11:03 AM
When an "act" is committed in the private domain I would agree with you that it is indeed "family business." However when a kid commits an act that affects Police, Fire and School Staff and thousands of kids whose education get interrupted, not to mention the distress to parents and cost to the taxpayers; that does not qualify in my book for a quiet sweep under the carpet. In an ideal world the parents would make the kid write and present a letter apology to the community, along with theirs. That would be fair and also a deterrent to then next kid that might think about acting out.
Carol December 09, 2013 at 12:17 PM
I AM NOT sweeping this act under the carpet!! Maybe we are from different generations and take care of incidencts differently, but it is not my business who the child is nor is it my business what the school district deems an appropriate consequence!! So, I guess I have more confidence in the administration and the parents. I am sure parents have spoken to their children regarding these acts. So lets leave it up to those involved to take care of this!!!!
Phill December 09, 2013 at 12:34 PM
I guess part of the problem for me is that we hear this is happening over and over again and then hear little else about it. I guess a few kids were caught (The first one and this last one) but what of the others? We don’t hear what has happened to the offenders, we can’t pass that info along to our kids and this just keeps happening over and over. My daughter is now very nonchalant about hearing of…. A BOMB THREAT……IN HER SCHOOL. Sadly, this will most likely continue to happen when some kid wanted to get out of a test, just thinks it’s funny, or assumes that nothing bad will happen, since they don’t know anything has happened to the offenders in the past. Is this not a pretty serious felony? If an adult did this to a school and got caught, they would go to jail for a while and be shamed publicly in every paper and new report in Illinois.
Carol December 09, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I guess the word "Faith" in the administration and parents to take this time as a teachable moment is important to me. Teaching starts at home. Children should know from the discipline in their homes what is inappropriate. Those years children were at home before going to school(the informative years) are the basis for who they are and will be!!!
Phill December 09, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Unfortunately whatever has been done in the past, is not working. We sit back and have "faith" and continue to see this happen, over and over again. Disrupting our children's classes every few weeks with another bomb scare, as well as assuring them that bomb scares are not a serious matter. In action or consequence.
Phill December 09, 2013 at 01:47 PM
I would even be happy to see some sort of “The next student who does this will suffer the consequences…..” Have the consequences be stiff and swift. Then hold to them, if/when it happens again.

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