A bomb scare sent the Hammond School District into lock down mode Tuesday after finding a homemade bomb and knives in a student’s gym locker. The superintendent and principal took immediate action and no one was hurt. Our Cara Thomas spoke with State Police, who say the school handled the situation exactly the way they should.
HAMMOND, N.Y. -- The rumors passed from student to student and eventually the faculty heard: A student brought weapons into Hammond Central School. A machete, a five inch hunting knife and a homemade bomb.
Hammond School's Superintendent Douglas McQueer said, "I see a red cord sticking out of a sneaker. And upon pulling it out, there was a test tube. It looked like either gun powder or black powder and it had a red fuse on it and a stopper in the end."
And within five minutes time, the police were called and the school locked down.
"Well, in this situation, the Hammond School handled it the way they should have. School safety is obviously a concern for everyone from students, parents and the school officials," says New York State Police Lieutenant Scott Heggelke.
The name of the student will not be released because of his age. But Superintendent McQueer says he doesn't believe the student had any intention of hurting anyone, he says the boy just wasn't thinking.
"I have no feeling at all that he was going to be malicious or anything like that. It was more of a showing off kind of thing, show his buddies," said McQueer.
The school district held an assembly Wednesday morning to speak with the students about the severity of the situation. Superintendent McQueer also applauded the students who came forward, calling them brave.
McQueer said, "I really tried to get across the point that we need to know things like that before someone gets seriously hurt."
"What we need to do really is to educate the students in the ways to, to make sure that if the situation ever happens in any school, that the students should react as the students in Hammond School did," says Lieutenant Heggelke.
The student who brought in the weapons was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.