As I sat at my desk on Tuesday, in the corner of our living room that is my office on the days when I am not traveling for work, I heard an escalating cacophony of sirens up and down Beaver Street. My curiosity piqued, I went to the most reliable source for breaking news that I know of, the Twitters. My Tweep, @mattredsoxfan2, let me know that the fire department was responding to a forklift that drove into a gas main on Clematis (or something.) That was when a WPD cruiser screamed down the Bumpy Road and I knew that something was up at the Fitz. That was confirmed a few Tweets and Facebook posts later when the call came from the WPS Superintendent's office called to say that there was a bomb threat at the Fitzgerald School and our kids were being evacuated to our evacuation location (more about that in a moment.) And then my phone started exploding with texts, Tweets, posts, calls [hyperbole alert: it did not actually explode] from friends and other parents.
I pulled on my coat, hat, ski gloves, and boots and headed there. I may, in fact, have gone screaming down the bumpy road myself. On the two minute drive, I remember feeling oddly relieved that it was "just" a bomb threat and not an "active shooter."
I got to the evacuation site, which is where the kids go for fire drills, and [God help me] "active shooter drills". The location was announced in the Reverse 911 notification, which went to all WPS parents. I identified the location in a Facebook post because there was a whole lot of confusion and misinformation and I wanted to try to be factual: