School is in full swing and the roadways are lively. For some kids it is their first experience in the school system. For others it marks the beginning of their final year in high school.  

For us parents and grandparents, we look at our school age family members and wonder how the time slipped by so fast.

School provides a lot of social networking and allows students to learn how to interact with one another. Many of their characteristics learned during their school years will carry over to their adulthood.  We all pray that our students will decide to make right choices and be socially responsible.

We find that in addition to the much needed scholastic portion of school the students find a lot of joy and success in extracurricular activities. The schools provide so many different opportunities to the students that I’m not sure I could even name them all. Between scholastics and the additional activities you would think there is plenty to keep the students occupied. And that doesn’t even include all the activities our churches provide.  

But unfortunately, that must not be the case.

You may have read or heard that Waxahachie ISD has already experienced their first “bomb threat” this school year.  

What a crying shame.  

I don’t know who did it but I feel sorry for them when they are found out. I know these types of shenanigans are not appreciated by the school systems or the justice system.

If the person doing it realized how many resources are poured into one of these types of reports, maybe they would think twice. The dollar amount equivalent for the responding resources is phenomenal. Think about it; the fire, ambulance, law enforcement and school officials (just to name a few), are all responding. And what about the disruption it causes? And we haven’t even considered the stress and worry family members go through when the word spreads.  

Bomb threats have never been OK, but in our current times they are even less acceptable.

I’m stepping out and asking for everyone’s help. Please visit with your school age students and explain to them that false reports of any kind; bomb threat, fire, whatever, are never good. Encourage them to contact someone (school officials, law enforcement, etc.) if they hear of a plan that someone is going to make a threat or if they have heard the name of someone who actually made a threat. Educate them that some “pranks” are far more serious than one might imagine.

Our prayer is everyone will have a safe and enjoyable school year.  

Y’all have a Blest Week.

Johnny Brown has served as Sheriff of Ellis County since Jan. 1, 2009, and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute. He has been in law enforcement for 20 years and holds a Master’s Peace Officer’s Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.