School should not resume after threat of ‘Columbine’

“I’m not going to school tomorrow. I’m not trying to get killed.”

These are the words posted in a Facebook status by a freshman from Bear Creek High School today. Comments and posts by other students have the same message: They don’t feel safe enough to go to school.

According to a message sent by Bear Creek principal Bill Atterby, an upset parent contacted the school earlier today saying that he will be “coming down tomorrow and it’s going to be like a Columbine situation.” Although the Stockton Police Department was “notified and responded immediately,” the terrorist has not been identified, and school will resume tomorrow. Atterby is letting parents decide whether or not their children will be attending school tomorrow.

For a threat this serious, it’s ridiculous that the school won’t be shut down tomorrow.

The Columbine High School Massacre was a terrorist attack committed two students who shot up their Colorado high school. 12 students and one teacher died. Countless others were injured. The attack is still an unnerving rememberance.

January 17, 1989 was one of the most solemn days in Stockton’s history. Cleveland Elementary was terrorized by a gunman who killed 5 children, injured others and a teacher. Although I was not alive yet to experience the aftermath of the trauma, the day still brings to me the slightest feeling of pain and dismay for those at the school that day — especially those five children.

I don’t want September 19, 2014 to do the same.

All I can do is pray that nothing happens tomorrow. I have friends and family at Bear Creek that I hope won’t be there. I barely feel safe going to school tomorrow – even without a terroristic threat aimed to my campus – until the terrorist is caught and I know Bear Creek students are safe.

Let’s not add on to the list of the fallen, the young, the innocent. Let’s not reserve another day for memorial. Let us pray that tomorrow will not be another infamous day in history where the bloody handprints of students remain forever engraved on the walls of the school where their lives were taken too soon from a hand holding a gun.