Local School Reacts to Prank Call With Preparedness
In a now-resolved situation, a prank call by a student went wrong this week at Cohoes High School, causing a very real scare. As News Channel 13 reported, a student made a prank call to the school, threatening school violence. More specifically, News Channel 13 reports he threatened to shoot up the school. From what I read, the school reacted with immediate preparedness, taking the call seriously and putting the school on a brief lock-down while the call was traced, the student and his cell phone were found, and the situation was resolved.
Why anyone would make a prank call like that, particularly with recent events, is beyond me. But that's not what I want to focus on. I want to say kudos to Cohoes High School for taking the call seriously. Kudos for reacting with preparedness, and kudos for investigating the call. As a healthcare worker, I've been part of lock-downs before that have turned out to be pranks. When an organization or workplace is prepared, it can make everyone that much more at ease in a scary situation. There's so much to be said for having a plan, and for taking threats credibly and investigating, even if it turns out to be a prank.