Editorial: Bomb threat occurring on 9/11 compounds its stupidity and insensitivity

Last night, someone thought it would be a good idea to make a threat that there was a bomb at Lampeter-Strasburg High School. Bomb threats are ignorant. Yes, they happen. And yes, they almost always turn out to be some student angry at someone, or just trying to pull a prank. 

Time will tell what happened in this case, but for now, we are left only with the information that the day before 9/11, a day when terrorism hit the homeland, someone made a terroristic threat on L-S High School.

Making any bomb threat is unwarranted and inexcusable, but to do it on a day like today rekindles the pictures of an attack on a homeland, an attack that, for better or for worse, catalyzed two wars, which only adds to its casualty total … this was an attack that killed thousands, and upset millions. 

And the notion that someone would have the audacity or ignorance to make a threat that rekindles such imagery -- however empty that threat was -- on such a day is alarming. 

Perhaps freshman Logan Emmert said it best when quoted in our earlier article: “This was unacceptable and irresponsible.” We would go one step further: it was despicable. 

Committing such an act demonstrates callous contempt or impossible ignorance, either of which is wholly inappropriate. 

Today is supposed to be a day when we pause to honor the best among us -- the firefighters and police officers who ran towards the burning building to help others get out, those who lost loved ones in the heinous attack, and the men and women of our armed forces who went to war a hemisphere away in defense freedom and democracy

And now, it is about one individual whose deplorable behavior instigated fear, rekindled terror, and distracted honor for those who deserve it.

And so even though it is likely this will turn out to be someone who really meant no harm, the consequences of his or her actions marred a day that is meant to honor those whose actions deserve the reverence of one nation, under God.

This editorial reflects the collective opinion of the LSNews.org Editorial Board. Its lead author was Benjamin Pontz, editor-in-chief of LSNews.org. The opinions within it do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. If you would like to suggest a topic for an editorial or have any questions or concerns, please email us at lspioneernews@gmail.com. Thank you.


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