Bullard High School Moves Forward After Threat

Published 09/04 2014 09:56PM

Updated 09/04 2014 11:34PM

Bullard High School is trying to get back to normal after a bomb threat on campus Thursday.

Many parents chose to keep their kids home from school after rumors of a threat spread across social media. Over 800 students of the schools 2,000 were not in class. Administrators sent the campus home early after threats escalated.

"I got the phone call. My son was like 'Mom we have to get picked up.' that was a little alarming," Toni Woods, a parent said.

By the afternoon it was back to business on the football field. Students returned to campus for after school activities. Several parents said the only thing affected was the Freshman football game, which was cancelled.

"It seems that they handled everything the best that they can. Excellent. No I'm not all all frightened. It's sad, it's unfortunate. It's sends a message that social media is a powerful tool for good and for bad," Woods said.

Woods attends St. Anthony's, one of two churches vandalized by the suspects who threatened to bomb the school. She hopes the students know the seriousness of what happened and realize it wasn't just a day off of school.

Fresno Unified said the campus is safe and the are ready to put what happened in the past.

"We know people are still going to be talking abut it but there will be a lot less to talk about because the facts will be known. People will be locked up and we hope people will be talking about what a stupid thing to do," Superintendent Mike Hanson said.

Just a few blocks away the graffiti left by the suspects is fading on St. Anthony's Church. Parishioners were glad to hear the suspects had been caught.

"I think it's wonderful," Joseph Castonos, who has attended the church for 40 years said. "I hope they can reconcile to being a better person and a better life because that will answer our prayers that we've been saying for them all this time."

The church says they have forgiven the suspects and what happened has brought the community closer together.

"In the long run, like the fading on the church physically there will be a fading emotionally as well," Monsignor Rob Wenzinger said.

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