Cause and Effect Essay
By Bill Casey
Wyoming Valley West there have been too many disruptions that have
our school a negative reputation.
Threats of violence were all too
These threats affected many people involved in theschool
also affected the police officers that put their lives on the line to
with a possible bomb inside.
My senior year stands out
into my senior year of high school, I hoped that I
would have a
quiet, enjoyable, and memorable year.
However, it ended up being the
four years in high school. Within
the stretch of a week and
half, there were four bomb threats made at
our school. On the days of each
there was a note found in the girls' lavatory.
The first note was found on a Friday afternoon after school was
I did not hear about it untilthe
following Monday. On that
was sitting in Law class like any other Monday morning. It wasaround
A.M., when the principal of the school, Mr. DeRemer, spoke over the
speaker. He announced
that the building was being evacuated.
had to immediately leave the building in
an orderly fashion and
directly to his or her bus. Those
students who drove to school were
their vehicles behind. At
the time, no one was sure what was
When I got home that afternoon, I turned on the television to see
was anything on the newsMany
of the local news stations were at the
and they reported that there had been a bombthreat. This scared me.
had been only a mere ten months since the tragedy in Littleton, Colorado
High School. Even though
I knew that it was most likely
just playing games, I stillhad
to think of the worst. We
to return to the school that evening to pick up our cars.
The next day, the pranksters did not wait too long too strike again.
sitting in first period,Classical
Literature class. My teacher
just happened to be the wife of the superintendent ofWyoming
School District. Ironically,
we were talking about what the school
about the previous bomb threat when Mr. DeRemer once again
that the building wasbeing
evacuated. This time, there
why. Instead of going directly
to our buses, we all hadto
street behind a church. State
law says that you have to be a certain
from a building during a bomb threat. I am not quite sure
the exact number of feet. I
why they did not make us do the same
the day before.
A neighboring elementary school was also evacuated.
Seeing those small
truly upset me.They
were very scared and confused. At
this time I
it was a joke, but I also knew that the schooladministrators
anything for granted.
We were behind the church for a long time.
It was February so it was
We were not given time togo
to our lockers, so no one had a jacket.
about an hour, I finally got on a bus and went to myfriend's
have gotten on my own bus, but it was very confusing on that day.
waste time looking for the right bus.
My friend gave me a
home in his father's car. Neither
our own car, because they
still back in the school parking lot.
I was not able to get my carback
later that night.
Going to school the next day, I had a bad feeling about what was
I probably shouldnot
have driven to school that day.
it to sixth period before yet another bomb threat.The
applied from the previous day. My
coat and my car were left behind
As I sat home that day, I was very angry.
I could not understand why
was doing this. Oncewas
bad enough, but four days in a row was
I returned to school that evening again to getmy
car. While I
there, I found out that classes were cancelled for the rest of the week.
The police had to make sure that the building was bomb free.
No bomb was
found. The schoolboard
had to decide how they were going to take care
this major problem.
When we returned to school on Monday after our long weekend, we
of hanging out in the hallways and talking to our
before homeroom as we had done forthree
and half years, we had to
outside until the doors were opened at 7:30 A.M. When I enteredthe
on the first day back, I thought I was in a prison. For the rest of
year, there were police officers
roaming the building on a regular basis.
We had an assembly that morning with the school board, the members
of the local policede
partments, and the district attorney. The assembly
to inform us how our lives were going to be for the
rest of the year.
district attorney went over the possible punishments for the person who
Since bomb threats are considered terrorist threats, this
a very serious offense.However,
no one was ever caught.
For the rest of the year no student was allowed to carry backpacks
building. They were to remain
in our lockers. Also, there
were only two
open, one for the guys and one for the girls.We
had to sign in and
of the bathrooms, so the administrators knew who was in the bathroom andwhen
they were in there. The school
board also at one point threatened to
our senior prom, andall
extra curricular activities. Luckily that
happened. I would have been
very disappointed if my senior
baseball had been cancelled.
It also would have been disappointing to miss
These incidents have given Wyoming Valley West a bad name that
deserve. I have never feared
for my life at Valley West, but the
of violence is present at any school.
Even though most
threats of violence that were made were jokes, it is
an issue that cannot be
taken lightly. Making
terrorist threats at a school is no joking matter.
There have been too many incidents of school
throughout the country.
For the most part I am proud of my alma mater, but I am glad that
I am out
of that school.
Most of the people
in the school were very nice people, but
I could not stand
going to school in a prison anymore.
I feel sorry for the
students who are still there.
The school board was supposed to make even
that would the affect all students. A couple of bad apples
ruined it for everyone.
I think the school
board handled the situations as
well as they could, but there
is more that needs to be done in all of
America's public schools.
Some people need a change of heart, and to gain a
for life. Students need to learn that violence is not the answer,
and threats of violence are no joke.
I am glad that
I have not heard any
threats of violence so far this year
at Wyoming Valley West, and I hope that
it stays that way.