School shootings, hate-crimes, and terrorist attacks, three events that seem to happen more often than not in our modern society. It’s not the occurrences that are so surprising, it’s the way the public reacts to them, in most cases, how much they underreact. The stories of early morning car crashes, arson fires, shoot-outs, and bad cops are just a few of the many atrocities broadcasted on the news every morning. The question is— are we exposed to too much? Leaving us desensitized and unable to process the seriousness of events such as these school bomb-threats. I took it into my own hands to ask some of my peers their opinion on the events that unfolded this past week at Mira Costa High School.
If there’s one thing we can agree on it’s that none of us were afraid, but we should have been. “I feel like it’s pretty much normal now, it’s not even a big deal,” said a Mira Costa senior. “It happens so much that no one really cares anymore.” This student and others will agree that we’ve pretty much become desensitized to these events because they’ve become an everyday occurrence.
Others also agree that in the midst of a time of high crime rates by terrorist groups like ISIS, many feel as though there is no hope. Each day we hear of another attack, the targets of these crimes getting closer and closer to home. Students like senior, Quin Severo believe that the goodness in humanity is fading.
“It makes me feel really upset– it kind of makes me question our safety, but it also makes me question humanity. With everything going on in the world right now, it’s just a tense time, and stuff like this only adds to the tension we all feel all the time,” Severo said.
The campus was first cleared last Monday morning after the school got an anonymous phone call about a “specific threat.” First period went on as it would any other day until half way through when every class was told to evacuate to the baseball field. Where student’s were held without a clue of the situation for almost two hours. Before the principal had a chance to break the news, information was already spreading like wildfire as worried parents made the call to their children warning them about the danger they were in. As squirmish freshmen nervously glanced at one another and teachers gave sheepish smiles, the air on the baseball field intensified.
“We were basically sitting ducks, all grouped on the field like that. Anything could have happened instantaneously and we would’ve been done for,” freshman, Allie Smythe said.
Everyone wanted to get out, fast. As soon as Mira Costa’s principal, Ben Dale, finally gave the “okay,” students ambushed every opening visible on the baseball field. If no one actually believed the threats, why was everyone in such a rush to get out of there? Everyone joked about their new breakfast plans and adventures for the day, but as I made my own plans I felt a twinge of guilt, one that had been pushed back as I tried to process the event at hand. Were we all underreacting?
Alas, for the next few days we all continued on with our daily routines. Going through the motions as we moved in masses from class to class. Friday morning that routine was broken again. Before I had a chance to pull of my bed-sheets and brush my teeth I was already informed that there had been another bomb threat, this time it came by email, and the school was taking it a lot more seriously. As I slowly began to process the lack of sleep I had gotten and the events of the morning, texts began to pour in. Apparently, We weren’t the only school being threatened. Redondo Union High School also had received a threat the same morning. But there’s was more personal, more intense. It said. “You are all f**cking animals being led to the slaughterhouse as you deserve.” Yet, they still had to go to school. Was this the right idea? Was Mira Costa overreacting or was Redondo underreacting? If this is only the beginning, what will come next?