New York bombings, lockdown in Eagle Mountain school bring terrorism close to home
by Paige Alder
On the 17th of September, 2016, a bomb went off in a busy area with shops, bars, restaurants and apartments in the Chelsea district of Manhattan in New York City. In total, 29 people were injured, but only one person was seriously injured. Now all 29 people are back in there homes.
Later another bomb was found a few streets down, but that bomb was stopped. The bombs were made of a pressure cooker, wires ,duct tape and a cell phone. The bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was found. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the bombing an “intentional act,” but there is no evidence of terrorism.
“There’s no specific or credible threat against New York City,” De Blasio said.
Eagle Mountain experienced its own act of terrorism on Monday, September 19, when a man, Christopher Craig, entered Eagle Valley Elementary School threatening to set off explosives if the students, faculty and staff did not evacuate. Eventually, police officers were able to get through to the man and placed him under arrest. He went peacefully into custody and was charged with a second-degree felony for threatening terrorism, as well as several misdemeanor charges.
Rockwell High students weren’t involved in the evacuation or lockdown processes that took place at Eagle Valley Elementary School, but many live near to the school and saw the SWAT team’s arrival take place from their homes.
“School officials were standing outside the school, making sure no one else went in,” said Rockwell High senior Briane Strasburg who lives near the elementary. “I tried to take pictures or videos, but it was hard to tell what was going on. It seemed like chaos.”