GINTA – The complex price of hoaxes; threats are more than mistakes

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WHEN I RETURNED home from walking the dog that morning my youngest was still at home. Enthusiastic Grade 8 student that he is, skipping was out of the question.

He had walked to school as usual and was told to go back home by the vice principal. There was a police car in the alley, my son said, blocking access to the school entrance.

I checked the news and my fear was confirmed: there had been a bomb threat at Sahali Secondary, delivered via graffiti inscription. The week before, Valleyview Secondary dealt with the same, though students were able to return to class that morning.

Of course, I thought ‘here’s another hoax,’ but could not escape the one that followed soon after…’what if one day the hoax ceases to be just a hoax?’ Could someone be capable of that? Why?


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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