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Posted by Pat Landman
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 10, 2023 at 5:58 pm

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Might see if anyone is hoping to miss a Wednesday test?

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2023 at 9:30 am

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Whoever heard anyone with a real intention to bomb anything to warn by leaving a message scribbled on a bathroom wall?

Bored teenager in boring January. It has to be taken seriously of course, but a real warning would be done some other way.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Jan 11, 2023 at 3:50 pm

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If you see something, say something.
Unless it's something an administrator or teacher is doing?

Posted by JLS Student
a resident of JLS Middle School
on Jan 11, 2023 at 6:31 pm

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Even if the police said the bomb threat was planned by a student and was a hoax, I believe the school should've been responsible enough to evacuate the students and staff out of the JLS building until the bomb squad and police find the evidence to identify the JLS student, or announce a day off of school (for student and staff safetey reasons). And if the bomb was NOT a hoax, anyone in the school campus building could've been injured or died because no one was told to leave or evacuate from the school building.

This is just my opinion as a JLS student, because when I attended school on Wednsday, January 11, I could easily tell many of the students and staff were worried about the bomb threat and their lives.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2023 at 4:52 am

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Whats going on over there in Palo Alto?
It's like they never had any problems like this ever in its History of having Teenagers.
But the reality is. They've always had them, but never dealt with them properly.
Daddy/Mommy always bailing them out and the City allowing them, by them donating
to their favorite Charity.

Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on Jan 12, 2023 at 9:27 am

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Bomb threats should be taken seriously whether you think it's a hoax or not. A threat written on a bathroom wall in middle school may sound like a prank, but you never know what is going on in the troubled mind of someone who would even think of doing this. A bomb threat is not a normal prank. Typical pranks are silly, and this is very serious.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 12, 2023 at 12:00 pm

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This shows me that our issues for supportive services is so lacking, there is a deep trust in our teens. The deep fear and trauma is very much a distillery of negative behaviors from our youth. In an odd sense this child in pain, did "see something and said something" on a wall. A cry for help in dark times. Why public school bathrooms are not monitored by school personnel is beyond my scope of understanding. Easy before and after school, after brunch and lunch. A few years ago, as a parent on site, I was passing the girls bathroom just after the lunch bell rang. I heard a young girl sobbing in a stall. I spoke to the unseen student from the hallway "Is there anything I can do? Are you okay? Can I get you some help?" Too often school campus' bathrooms are a incubator for all types of unmonitored mis-behavior... I need not spell out what those behaviors are. The school justification for not monitoring the BR's. "We are not allowed by law to have cameras there." Our eyes and ears are the best way to intervene, mitigate, prevent, help.

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