Actually, I thought the school handled it extremely efficiently. They had moved the students to the football stadium and had a system for releasing them one at a time to an approved emergency contact from their registration card. But these things definitely take time... lots of time... and no amount of efficiency can release a few thousand teens into the community in a speedy manner.
So, in case you are ever faced with such an emergency, here's my advice to you ... you will want to bring both your knitting and your camera. Because not only will you want pictures of this quite overwhelming process, you will want something to keep you busy while you sit on the bleachers for the next hour and a half waiting for your child. Remember... this is an emergency! It is no time to worry about flashing those needles in public!
I also recommend that you keep your cell phone battery charged at all times. You really don't want it dying at a time like this. You will want it to call all of your friends to tell them what you are doing (especially if you've forgotten your knitting)... and you want to be able to talk to your child who is sitting across the field from you... especially if you begin to think for a moment there might really be a bomb. Then you can call him and tell him to run like crazy for the back fence and get the heck out of there! Just saying.
Thankfully it turned out to be a prank... as I think everyone expected all along because while the air was full of frustration and mumblings of inconvenience, there was most notably a complete absence of fear... which, in itself, was a bit unnerving when I thought about it. Was there a time when a bomb threat would have struck fear in the hearts of everyone around?
Anyway, Bailey is on the mend but is being subjected to the funnel to keep from messing with her foot. She doesn't like this at all. And I decided to give Juliet a try with some Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed from my stash. I have no idea if this will "work" on me or not... but it seemed like a good day to try something new.