BUDA, Texas (KXAN) - There is controversy swirling around HaysHigh School after two classrooms of special education studentswere not included in the building evacuation during a bombscare.
The bomb threat was phoned in the morning of Jan. 29 accordingto HaysConsolidated Independent School District. Two hours later theschool evacuated its 1,850 students. Eight special needs students,five of them with physical-disabilities, were kept in theirclassrooms after the area was deemed safe following a securitysweep.
Principal Shirley Reich said one reason the children were keptinside was the chilly day, 47 degrees outside, and that “ifanything I erred on the side of compassion for them.”
Parents of some of those students are angry with theschool’s decision. Lisa Gorena, mother of one student withspecial needs, said, “I think there were better options. Thebus barn is ten minutes away. They could have asked a bus to comeover and placed the children on a bus, and then move them to asafer location.”
The school district said it has reassessed its evacuationpolicy. Several parents are expected to meet Friday with theprincipal.
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