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Fox Creek High School; ignorance on display

web posted April 11, 2007

COLUMN – I will be the first to admit that I get a lot of e-mail about the seemingly ever-present missteps by the Fox Creek Charter High School and their School Board reported by EdgefieldDaily.com. Some of the comments are available in the Wandering Minds and its archives. Once again, Fox Creek wanted to get in the news, and they did. There never seems to be an end to the people running the school proving how completely dysfunctional and incapable they are of reasoned thought. This time they have proven it in spades.

The Edgefield County Sheriff’s Office, local fire departments, and the School District Office were busy handling a bomb threat to 911 naming Merriwether Elementary and Middle Schools as targets. Additional deputies were called in on overtime, area agencies such as the South Carolina Highway Patrol and SLED also responded. So what does Fox Creek School Officials do? Why, they needlessly create a dangerous and undue burden for law enforcement in the midst of dealing with a real crisis.

Though no threat was made to Fox Creek, school officials there evacuated the school for no reason and no real plans seemed to be in place to deal with the resulting chaos. A short time later a collision involving a teen and a parent of another student occurred just yards away from where students were standing in a parking lot of a private store adjacent to the school on Martintown Road. The teen suffered only superficial injures in the crash and was not transported to the hospital. She was treated on the scene by EMS.

The crash added to the traffic hazard created by a baseless evacuation and law enforcement were required to direct traffic until the cars could be removed from the roadway. Local law enforcement was already taxed due to dealing with actual emergency situation at the Elementary and Middle Schools.

Edgefield County School Superintendent Sharon Keesley had no answer when asked about the actions of Fox Creek. She stated when the threats were received about the Middle and Elementary Schools the District Office notified all schools in the county of the situation as a matter of policy.

The Sheriff’s Office was also without comment on the Fox Creek evacuation.

Several jokes about Fox Creek High School were commonplace among those near the scene when the news of the uncalled-for evacuation spread. “Who would want to blow that place up?” one asked, “every taxpayer in Edgefield County” another replied.

School Officials at Fox Creek did not comment on the matter but one teacher contacted was asked, “Why was Fox Creek evacuating?” The teacher shrugged and responded, “I have no idea.”

Several students said they were told there was a bomb threat called in for Fox Creek High School. That is not true. Law Enforcement personnel said there was no actual or perceived threat relating to Fox Creek Charter High School. There was no recommendation from the School District or Law Enforcement to evacuate the school or to send all the students home.

In spite of knowing there was no threat to the school the obviously “gifted” leaders at Fox Creek Charter High School felt a dire need for attention and to overtax an already under funded Sheriff’s Office by creating an undue drain on their manpower for no reason at all at a time that a real emergency was taking place.

I tip my hat to them. Just when I get to a point that I think I have seen the dumbest antic possible by so-called intelligent people, Fox Creek steps up to prove me wrong, yet again. The scary part, what will they do next to top this? I guess they can call the Merriwether Fire Department to respond there the next time a house catches on fire in the community… just in case.


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