There was a time when the word “bomb” was laughable.
When a note between high school friends was a silly lapse in judgement by teenagers.
The world most of today’s adults grew up in was a place where school was safe, and doors didn’t have to be latched at night.
It was a world where your biggest worry at the airport was lost luggage.
Then there was the Columbine shootings. And the Sept. 11 attacks. And infinite copycats all over the country, creating tragedies on a mass scale.
That’s why law enforcement must take seriously every little threat. Every mention of harm and destruction. Every little note. Because to ignore it, and open the door to potential tragedy, would be negligent.
The evacuation at Lifegate Christian School on Monday was a shock to all of Seguin. A teen boy admitted to writing the note as part of a joke.
It was passed around amongst his friends and was supposed to have been thrown away, but was found on the floor.
The boy meant no harm, but is now facing misdemeanor charges for making a terroristic threat to a public place and making a false report, both class A misdemeanors.
Thankfully, it was a false alarm — there was no bomb — and many may feel that the action by authorities was harsh.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke, however, said these incidents can’t be taken lightly.
“This is very serious and is something that cannot be tolerated” he said.
Violence is no longer confined to urban centers and “bad” neighborhoods. It’s in wealthy suburbs and small towns. It’s in places where people shake their heads and say, “Things like this don’t happen here.”
The consequences for this boy will be heavy, as they are in communities all over the country.
Far heavier than they would have been in the world where many of us grew up. But that America is gone.
It’s a tough lesson learned in an America where attacks are no longer a laughing matter.