Some knucklehead managed to tie up officers from the Moody County Sheriff’s Office, Flandreau city police, Flandreau tribal police, Highway Patrol, Game Fish and Parks, Madison city police, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, plus Flandreau firemen and Moody County Ambulance, responding to two bomb threats in Flandreau school district on the second day of school:
The Moody County Sheriff’s Office announced on social media, a threat was called into the school at 9:10 a.m. and the school was immediately put on lock down.
Authorities said 25 law enforcement officers responded to the call and a bomb disposal unit was on standby. After a search of the school, the building was given back to school administrators, authorities said.
…Later Tuesday afternoon, the school announced it received a bomb threat for a second time.
“All students are currently safe and all grades are at the park next to the city pool. All school activities for the evening are canceled,” the post on the school website said [Eric Mayer, “Second Evacuation in Flandreau,” KELO-TV, 2023.08.22].
Flandreau evacuated its schools for both threats (within seven minutes for the morning threat, says the district on Facebook). School safety consultant Kenneth S Trump wrote in 2015 that evacuations create their own safety risks:
Evacuating students and staff from schools or sending children home have safety consequences. While emotionally it is understandable why administrators and parents jump to evacuating students out of the school that received the threat, when administrators send children out of the school they risk exposing them to other threats outside of the school. Walking to a designated school evacuation site or taking them to another school decreases the ability of school administrators, staff and safety staff to supervise students and keep them secure. In cases of threats with questionable credibility, the best place for students may be for them to remain in school under heightened supervision and security while the investigation moves forward [Ken Trump, “Study Finds Rapid Escalation of Violent School Threats,” National School Safety and Security Services, 2015.02.09].
It appears that no explosives were found in the Flandreau schools. With or without a bomb, threatening to blow up a school likely falls under South Dakota’s statute on terroristic threats, SDCL 22-8-13. Such threats are Class 5 felonies, drawing up to five years in the Pen and a $10K fine.