Parents upset about bomb threat scare at Leila Davis Elementary

Some vent frustration over notification
Posted at 4:47 PM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 17:28:08-04

Parents rushed to Leila Davis Davis Elementary school to pick up their kids after Clearwater police said someone called in a bomb threat.

"I was terrified," said mother Chara Kenney through tears. "I am sorry you get the phone call like that you just don't know there are many of those things that are going on."

Kenney was just one of dozens of parents rushing to get their kids. Kim Wood not only picked up her kids but also her friend's child.

"When I crossed 580 and I see all the cops you know your heart is in your throat," said Wood.

Flashing lights filled a church parking lot as teams went into Leila Davis. Canine officers joined by police and sheriff's deputy's.

"They are searching the school they are going classroom to classroom hallway by hallway," said Rob Shaw a spokesperson with Clearwater police.

Many told us they are grateful for the quick response. But others on our social media page vented frustration.

They wrote they found out about the threat through news report.

Lisa Wolf, a district spokesperson said the priority is the evacuation and then the notification

'Our focus at first has to be on student and staff safety. And once we can ensure that there safety is met then will communicate as soon as we can," said Wolf.

Wolf said a call to parents was done within minutes of getting the bomb threat around noon Monday.

"We have to use information that is provided to us from parents. So for some reason if you were not contacted today maybe this is a great reminder that your  school has the correct contact information," said Wolf.

"In this day and age of social media as soon as a parent hears about something like this they're climbing into their car to come and pick up your student," said Shaw added.

It took an hour and half before bomb squads cleared the school.

Class resumed and Action Air One captured photos of some of the 750 students going back to class. But many parents took their kids home wanting to hug them just a little tighter.

"You just think  I need to go and grab my kid and physically touch  your kid and make sure that they're OK," said Kenney.

Wood said, "I think I speak for all parents. It is a helpless feeling because we live in sad times."

So far police have no suspects.