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Seaford Superintendent Explains District Response to Written Threat

Brian Conboy outlines details of threatening note found in a Seaford Middle School bathroom Wednesday morning.

Seaford Superintendent Brian Conboy explained the district’s handling to a written threat found on a Seaford Middle School bathroom wall Wednesday morning during Thursday night’s board of education meeting.

Conboy said the writing from an undetermined student mentioned a bomb but did not go into specifics of what the note said. He emphasized that the nature and timing of the note discovered at 9 a.m. made it impossible for the threat to be carried out but district officials still took precautions by notifying police, who responded to investigate the entire building. Students were not evacuated outside the building and instead were sheltered in the gym and cafeteria, which had both been determined safe by the police. 

“It is very disruptive to a school day,” said Conboy, who added that the student responsible for the threat would face serious punishment.

Wednesday marked the third time in the last 27 months that a Seaford School District building was investigated by police following written threats. On Sept. 21, 2011 and Oct. 19, 2010, Seaford High School was evacuated when bomb threats were discovered written on bathroom walls. 

Lorraine DeVita January 22, 2013 at 05:28 PM
We have no idea what avenues are or were explored in either of the several incidents that have transpired within the past few years. We dont even know if the individuals involved were found out and what if any punishements were metted out. Deterents ? There is no guaranteed deterent that anyone could/can implement that would stop this from happening again. especially if only local law enforcement is involved. SD's must send a clear and STRONG message to BOTH parents and students that if any student or person attempts to do this FBI will be called. Local law enforcement is not exactly unbiased and could be subject to a host of outside and inside local influence. FBI involvement holds more weight in my opinion. These bomb notes are a threat to do harm and while many idiot teens may think it is a joke. They and their parents will find dealing with the FBI and ATF is not as funny as they think. Consequences need to be estbalished that instill some sort of FEAR that both parent and child can not overlook. The 7th in my opinion treats these incidents as childish pranks. No longer can they be considered such. When and if this happens again and even now the SD should immediately contact the FBI or even the State Police to investigate. Especially when there have been multiple incidents with no results in apprehending the suspects. ONE day it might not BE an childish prank.
Chris Wendt January 22, 2013 at 08:47 PM
"You" in the above comment refers to contributor using the avatar of Truth be told.
DebbieW January 23, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Whatever happened to that New Year's resolution? Was that a joke or is this hypocrisy? Some people would sincerely appreciate you following your own remark. You live in WANTAGH and pay taxes THERE. Please... stay out of Seaford's business.
Chris Wendt January 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM
@ DebbieW re: 'Whatever happened to that New Year's resolution?' I slipped. Thanks for reminding me. I shall try to do better going forward.
VoReason January 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM
My initial comment was meant to emphasize the point that catching a student responsible for something like this is extremely difficult. If the district is unable to find out who is responsible, I wouldn't be surprised. But Chris w, being involved and being affected by are not synonymous. You cannot punish students who have done nothing wrong. so your suggested policy might serve as a powerful deterrent, but it could never be put in place. Can you imagine hearing that your child couldn't take part in a school club or sport because of someone else's actions? Also, what happens to the stipends for the advisors and coaches for those suspended clubs? Do they get paid for nothing? You certainly can't withhold their money, so how does that policy actually work? Again, my whole point is just to illustrate how difficult it is to stop and/or respond to these incidents. I think we all agree that everything that can reasonably be done should be done, but its wrong to simplify the task and imply that the district isn't doing enough.

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