Lindley Middle School shaken by hoax
by Nikki Wiley
September 06, 2013 10:44 AM | 9887 views | 7 7 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An unidentified mother hugs her Frank P. Lindley Middle School student after bringing him out of the building Friday, after officers from Austell and Cobb County Police Departments did a room to room search looking for a armed intruder with a knife at the school located in Mableton. Parents are lined up to retrieve their students after police gave the all clear saying a student called in the alarm as a hoax. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
An unidentified mother hugs her Frank P. Lindley Middle School student after bringing him out of the building Friday, after officers from Austell and Cobb County Police Departments did a room to room search looking for a armed intruder with a knife at the school located in Mableton. Parents are lined up to retrieve their students after police gave the all clear saying a student called in the alarm as a hoax. Staff/Kelly J. Huff
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MABLETON — Worried parents of Lindley Middle School students became angry Friday as they watched police armed with assault rifles enter the school searching for an armed man said to be inside.

No such person was found inside the school at 50 Veterans Memorial Highway. But parents said they weren’t kept informed throughout the search, which caused them to become unnecessarily concerned for the safety of their children.

Cobb police were dispatched to the school around 10 a.m. following a report of an armed person inside.

Approximately 85 police, EMS and other public safety personnel responded to the scene. Every available Cobb police officer was called to the scene, along with officers from Cobb Schools campus police and Sheriff’s Office deputies. They searched room to room inside the school.

Officer Mike Bowman, a department spokesman, said no armed person was found and the school was put on lockdown as a precaution.

The report was falsely made by a student who has been identified, said Doug Goodwin, spokesman for the Cobb County School District. He wouldn’t say what kind of consequences the student faces except that he or she will be disciplined according to the school district’s code.

Parents began gathering across the street from Lindley Middle soon after reports surfaced that a gunman could be inside.

Many were frustrated with what they called a lack of communication on the part of the school and police.

Sandra Hilario waited for more than 40 minutes to find out the condition of her eighth-grader, Pamela, before police addressed parents.

“They’re just saying there’s somebody in there with a knife,” Hilario said. “We don’t know.”

Police officers told the group of anxious parents no one had been harmed, but that did little to ease minds, or calm nerves.

Erin Matthews, too, criticized officials for not keeping parents informed. She said she receives multiple emails each week from the school where her daughter, India, is in the eighth grade about things like the dress code, but hadn’t been told what was going on inside the school.

Goodwin, of the school district, said automated text messages and phone calls were sent “as soon as the school had enough information to provide.”

“Our first priority was making students safe and No. 2 making sure parents had the right information,” Goodwin said.

Parents were first told to pick up their students at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church, about half a mile from the school. After an officer said they would need to return to the school to pick up children, an angry throng of parents surrounded him demanding to know more information.

Blanca Orellana had tears in her eyes as she picked up her eighth-grader, Pedro Montesinos.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen. I hope nothing happens,” Hilario said. “I’m just scared.”

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COBB Teacher
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September 07, 2013
To be honest, the teachers were not even told what was going on until the end of the day. My question is why does this school not have a police officer? I guarantee the schools in East Cobb have a police officer.
Just Wait
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September 07, 2013
Alright parents, get a grip. It is not the responsibility of the police to keep you informed during an event at a school. That belongs to the school system. The police are there to respond to a threat and end it. Just what do you expect to do by rushing to the school and getting in the way of law enforcement and creating just another problem for them to deal with. You're the adult, try acting like one.
Katie121112
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September 07, 2013
Enough is enough--The student who did the false report should be expelled and his\her parents should have to pay the cost of the police officers and firemen whose time was spent on a false alarm. Wake up Parents--It is time for open and honest discussions with your children about actions and consequences.
anonymous
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September 07, 2013
90% of these people are overweight in this picture. By the way, let the lawsuits begin.
What???? Please
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September 06, 2013
As a parent, what do expect the police to inform you about? They can only tell you what they know. They can't keep you informed of their every tactical move. Get real and understand they have to move fast to ensure your kids safety and can't spend time informing you of every status change. If minutes and seconds mean the difference, I can handle being in the dark for 40 minutes.
Ditto!!
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September 06, 2013
Agree 100%
Thanks!
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September 06, 2013
What????Please...your comments are exactly on point! The number one priority is to ensure the children are safe. Once that is done communication can begin.
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