The principal for Blanco Middle School said all will be back to normal next week after an 8th grader brought multiple flammable devices to campus.
Blanco Middle School is right behind the house of longtime resident Nanette Mikes. She says this isn't the first time the school has had a bomb scare. "I thought oh my God not again, but this time it was more intense because they were real bombs."
Mikes said she was concerned about what happened on February 12 when an 8th grader brought flammable devices to school, but she wasn't surprised. "The surprising part is actually that it is a smaller town, so you would think that something like that wouldn't happen here, but we live in the century we live in," she said.
According to Mikes this is the second time the school has had a bomb scare that's she's aware of, but the last time was much different. "I know a few things happened, but not quite so major. Besides the last time that happened, but it was nothing intended to hurt anybody," she said.
It's not clear at this point if the young man intended to hurt anyone. "He was distressed, he was very emotional, and he was very sorry I can say that. Keitha St. Clair is the principal for the school. She said not only was he sorry, his parents were also very confused. "They are going through a difficult time right now. They love their child very much and they're very perplexed about why he would do this, and they're mourning," she said.
The boy was taken into juvenile custody. Principal St. Clair said the student will be facing serious consequences. But it will be back to normal for the rest of students next week. "Students will not be here Monday (February 15) because that was an original calendar day, but school will be back to normal on Tuesday (February 16), and I am sure our kids will come right back, and we'll do all the good things we always do here," said Principal St. Clair.
Having a two-year-old daughter, Mikes said how the teachers and law enforcement handled this situation gives her hope for her little girl. "Just to know that they are quick at responding, and you know they were there to protect the kids, and weren't out for themselves like some people might have been. You can always replace your stuff but you cannot replace the people around you that's for sure," she said.
The investigation is still ongoing, and has been taken over by the Blanco Police Department.