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(KHOU Houston)   All hell breaks loose when an overprotective helicopter mom spots a cleaning crew employee in the parking lot of her children's school and automatically assumes he's an armed lunatic hellbent on snuffing the life out of every student   (khou.com) divider line 290
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2013-03-16 09:21:10 AM
I can't imagine why it would take the cops 16 minutes to get there. Maybe they were off investigating some other wild-goose chase called in by a different hysterical mother?
 
2013-03-16 09:35:45 AM
"The safety of the children is a major priority compared to having a vehicle stolen or a house broken into," said mother Krystal Turbeville.

Until it's *her* vehicle or house.
 
2013-03-16 09:53:38 AM
It's Texas. I expect a law will be proposed allowing two year olds to bring guns to school.
 
2013-03-16 09:55:48 AM
Atchison questioned the deputy. "I said I've been on the phone with you for 13 minutes and you're just now getting here? He said 'we've been kind of busy pulling a body out of a lake.' I left. I couldn't handle it anymore." Atchison said. No one likes to talk about the "what if," but Atchison believes she got a glimpse and it scares her even more.

Your overblown hysteria only wasted the time and effort of half the town, so naturally your response is to become even more paranoid.
 
2013-03-16 09:59:07 AM
FTFA: "I said I've been on the phone with you for 13 minutes and you're just now getting here? He said 'we've been kind of busy pulling a body out of a lake.' I left. I couldn't handle it anymore." Atchison said.

So, deputy makes the right call based on the evidence at hand and its somehow his fault now?  I bet this woman is a true joy when a family member is in the hospital.
 
2013-03-16 10:21:58 AM
Remove everybody's arms and legs.
 
2013-03-16 10:22:22 AM
People see strange people at schools as a threat because that is what they expect.

They need to fulfill their preconceived notions.

It is humanity. We are paranoid by nature and the recent string of shootings have made it even worse. I cant really fault her much because that is what the parent is supposed to expect in this country now.
 
2013-03-16 10:23:28 AM

mr_a: I can't imagine why it would take the cops 16 minutes to get there. Maybe they were off investigating some other wild-goose chase called in by a different hysterical mother?


When seconds count, the police are minutes away.
 
2013-03-16 10:25:35 AM
When I was young Americans were thought of as courageous.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU PEOPLE?
 
2013-03-16 10:26:23 AM
If she was armed, she could of taken him out, just in case.
 
2013-03-16 10:27:02 AM

John the Magnificent: WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU PEOPLE?


Are you telling me that 9/11 didn't change everything?

9/11 changed everything...
 
2013-03-16 10:27:39 AM
With mothers acting like this now I'm amazed there isn't entire generation being home-schooled just to keep them safe.
 
2013-03-16 10:28:39 AM
Christ.  She is going to be raising some hyper-fearful little nightmare factories, there.  Bet those kids need medication before they're in double-digits.
 
2013-03-16 10:29:07 AM
Parents, your children are more likely to be struck by lightning than die in a mass school shooting.  So please, keep them inside forever so they don't reproduce and spread your paranoia into the gene pool.
 
2013-03-16 10:29:11 AM
She's considered paranoid and annoying because she was wrong, but what if her suspicions were correct?

I don't support the spread of widespread paranoia, but, if a mother saw something suspicious at a school, didn't say anything out of fear of being called "paranoid", and tons of kids died from the subsequent rampage, she'd be crucified.
 
2013-03-16 10:29:14 AM

John the Magnificent: When I was young Americans were thought of as courageous.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU PEOPLE?


Somewhere along the line people got the notion that safety comes first. Bravery, courageousness, and sanity went right out the window.
 
2013-03-16 10:30:41 AM
If anyone ever wanted to go shoot up a school - now would be the absolute best time. They already got one false report - the next one will be as slow or slower (rightfully so)

This is just one more over protective paranoid coont who's only achievement in life was squeezing out two screaming babies through her vagina.

She put a whole school on lockdown because she saw what she WANTED to see. If I was the cleaning guy - i'd be pretty pissed if some dumb broad called the cops on me for doing my job. God help the guy if he's black or something, what with all the "I had to shoot him he was making a threatening advance" stories we hear.

Sounds to me like the mom needs some REAL terror in her life so she will know to STFU in regular situations.
 
2013-03-16 10:31:18 AM
biatch should be charged for every cent her little false alarm cost the juristiction. Try calling an ambulance for a medical scare and see if it's farking free.
 
2013-03-16 10:32:16 AM
16 minutes for a "low priority" call is actually pretty quick.  I'm sure, since she was calling from her car and watching the guy, had he gone up to the school or displayed anything that looked like a weapon, and had she conveyed such to the 9-1-1 dispatcher, they would have escalated the call.

As it was, pulling a body from a lake isn't something you just drop because of a "suspicious person", it's almost as though suspicions and threats are two different things.

Next, we're going to see a series of response-to-school drills by police departments causing all sorts of panic ("They didn't tell the parents anything, we thought something serious was really happening!!!")

I also don't think highly of sending a 2 year old to school... parents seem to want their kids out of their hair as soon as they can walk.
 
2013-03-16 10:32:30 AM
Giving birth to a helicopter is bound to make a woman cranky....
 
2013-03-16 10:33:04 AM
So it never occurred to anyone to walk out and ask the guy what he was doing there?
 
2013-03-16 10:33:33 AM

mr_a: I can't imagine why it would take the cops 16 minutes to get there. Maybe they were off investigating some other wild-goose chase called in by a different hysterical mother?


Because they've answered enough calls by idiots to know when there isn't a real problem.  And they had someone from the school on the other line who likely was also pointing out the mother is a nut.
 
2013-03-16 10:34:14 AM
Better safe than sorry,
 
2013-03-16 10:34:14 AM

Semantic Warrior: I also don't think highly of sending a 2 year old to school... parents seem to want their kids out of their hair as soon as they can walk.


Daycare, dude. They call them "schools" for marketing purposes. Some people have to work for a living. Be nice.
 
2013-03-16 10:35:16 AM
A real monster, eater of children, defiler of teachers, and scary to mommies would obviously be more careful in a choice of costume.  A look-a-like Houston police uniform should be the right choice.
 
2013-03-16 10:35:18 AM
This reads like an Onion article.
 
2013-03-16 10:36:02 AM

rumpelstiltskin: It's Texas. I expect a law will be proposed allowing two year olds to bring guns to school.


I'm pretty sure they're considering something similar the next legislative session. Seems we can't get over not being the first state to allow teachers to arm themselves.
 
2013-03-16 10:37:05 AM

ReapTheChaos: So it never occurred to anyone to walk out and ask the guy what he was doing there?


That's crazy talk.
 
2013-03-16 10:37:47 AM
"My son asked me is that a bad man mommy? Is he gonna go to jail?" she said. "I didn't know what to say to him."

You say "Momma is complete moron, and the sight of your janitor turned her into a scared little biatch"

And a 16 minute response time to a guy standing in a parking lot with no weapons and not troubling anybody?  That's a pretty damn quick for suspicion of loitering.
 
2013-03-16 10:38:51 AM
So, no one had the balls to just walk up to him and ask what his business was at the school?

Who are these idiots? I wouldn't feel safe knowing school officials are calling 911 all Willy nilly on people in the parking lot.
 
2013-03-16 10:39:12 AM

superlawyergirl: She's considered paranoid and annoying because she was wrong, but what if her suspicions were correct?

I don't support the spread of widespread paranoia, but, if a mother saw something suspicious at a school, didn't say anything out of fear of being called "paranoid", and tons of kids died from the subsequent rampage, she'd be crucified.


They had a school employee on the other line and they've got a little more than a days experience working at 911 dispatch.  Don't you just suppose they knew how to assess the situation accurately from the multiple calls and rightly de-prioritized it?  Just try to imagine the conversations in the real world and not hypothetical world.  2 minutes of talking to a school employee would've made it obvious the guy wasn't putting together his sniper rifle.
 
2013-03-16 10:39:43 AM
Woman will eventually decide to run for office because nobody is bothering to protect our children.

She'll spend over 20 years in office making laws and regulations about having appointments with schools and submitting to body cavity searches before you enter school property.

She will be lauded as a hero. Will respond with "I"M NOT A 6th GRADER, I'VE SEEN SUSPICIOUS PEOPLE WAITING IN SCHOOL PARKING LOTS" when questioned about her goals and knowledge.
 
2013-03-16 10:39:47 AM

superlawyergirl: She's considered paranoid and annoying because she was wrong, but what if her suspicions were correct?

I don't support the spread of widespread paranoia, but, if a mother saw something suspicious at a school, didn't say anything out of fear of being called "paranoid", and tons of kids died from the subsequent rampage, she'd be crucified.


I have to call BS on anything but hysterical paranoia here... If I had kids, and if I was dropping them off at school and saw a suspicious person in the parking lot, you better believe I wouldn't "rush them inside", I'd take them back to the car, drive a safe ways away, then make calls to the police and/or school's office, and await the situation to be resolved.

What if this guy was just a look out and there were others inside?  What if he gets spooked and moves up his time table once your kids are in... Great parenting.  Sounds like she just really needed attention (evidenced by this entire "story"), and was risking her kids lives so SHE could be a victim had something actually happened.
 
2013-03-16 10:39:59 AM
Someone thought of the children!
 
2013-03-16 10:40:42 AM
No mention yet if the guy was hispanic, black, or asian.
 
2013-03-16 10:42:49 AM

mr_a: I can't imagine why it would take the cops 16 minutes to get there. Maybe they were off investigating some other wild-goose chase called in by a different hysterical mother?


Dispatcher:  911. What's your emergency?
Mom: I just dropped little Johnny off at school and there's a man in the parking lot who looks suspicious.
Dispatcher: In case we need to call you back, what's your number?
Mom: xxx-xxx-xxxx.
Dispatcher: Which school are you at?
Mom: blah blah
Dispatcher: Why does the man look suspicious?
Mom: He's pacing back and forth in the parking lot.
Dispatcher: Does he have any weapons?
Mom: I can't see any at the moment. But he looks dangerous.
Dispatcher: What exactly is he doing?
Mom: He's pacing back and forth in the parking lot and looks very anxious.  I'm very scared for my son's safety now.
Dispatcher: Is he moving towards you or your son?
Mom: No, he's just staying in the parking lot! PLEASE. DO SOMETHING!!
 
2013-03-16 10:42:58 AM
Other than being someone she didn't know, I don't see what the guy did that was suspicious.  I can just imagine what that 911 call sounded like.  "Someone has to get here quick!  My God now he's getting keys out of his pocket!!  We're all going to be killed!!"
 
2013-03-16 10:43:25 AM

cman: People see strange people at schools as a threat because that is what they expect.

They need to fulfill their preconceived notions.

It is humanity. We are paranoid by nature and the recent string of shootings have made it even worse. I cant really fault her much because that is what the parent is supposed to expect in this country now.


Thank Fox, CNN,ABC etc...
 
2013-03-16 10:43:36 AM
NEWS FLASH: Americans are afraid of their own shadows.
 
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2013-03-16 10:45:08 AM

John the Magnificent: When I was young Americans were thought of as courageous.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU PEOPLE?


Many of us still are. I don't cocoon my daughter this way.
CSB:
I went to a shop that I didn't want my daughter to come with me to, and since it was my day to have her there was no options.
Left her in the car, with the door locked. 3 minutes later some dumb blonde is in my grill blabbing about "..you left her in that car alone?... etc/soforth"
Finally got a word in edgewise, motioned for my kid to roll down her window and told her to tell the woman what I taught her.
My kid holds up my 5D-cell maglight and says "daddy told me if anyone messes with us I'm allowed to knock their brains out!".
Stupid blonde just stands there with her pie-hole hung open and walks slowly away.
I say "that's daddy's girl, wanna get Carvel?"
/CSB

Not all of us are pansies.
 
2013-03-16 10:47:05 AM
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Geez, do I have to do everything around here?
 
2013-03-16 10:47:24 AM

accelerus:  "I had to shoot him he was making a threatening advance"

i45.tinypic.com

 
2013-03-16 10:48:19 AM

IBelieveYouHaveMyStapler: Other than being someone she didn't know, I don't see what the guy did that was suspicious.  I can just imagine what that 911 call sounded like.  "Someone has to get here quick!  My God now he's getting keys out of his pocket!!  We're all going to be killed!!"


Given that part of Texas, and guy ended up being a new guy on the cleaning crew, he was probably just brown.  That neighborhood is pretty much golf course subdivisions and is one of the more monied sections of harris county
 
2013-03-16 10:48:38 AM
"Hey, you!  Where'd you get that saxophone?"

"...Sears."

"GET HIM!!!"
 
2013-03-16 10:49:07 AM
She should be charged for wasting  resources. I wonder if anyone died because 911 was too busy to answer all calls that morning. In that case that person's family should sue her for 2nd degree murder.
 
2013-03-16 10:50:47 AM
One good side effect of this hysteria is it takes away from fear of terrorist attacks. Which, I guess is good because I have less to do during false alarms. On the other hand, the funding is starting to diminish because the fear is subsiding.
 
2013-03-16 10:51:22 AM

gonegirl: Christ.  She is going to be raising some hyper-fearful little nightmare factories, there.  Bet those kids need medication before they're in double-digits.


Hush now baby, baby don't you cry
Mama's gonna make all of your nightmares come true
Mama's gonna put all of her fears into you
Mama's gonna keep you right here under her wing
She won't let you fly but she might let you sing
Mama's gonna keep baby cosy and warm
 
2013-03-16 10:51:45 AM
While the man she thought looked "suspicious" is questioned, the man she thought "looked nice" waltzed in and shot everyone.

People are idiots who think they can judge a person by looking at them.
 
2013-03-16 10:54:31 AM

superlawyergirl: She's considered paranoid and annoying because she was wrong, but what if her suspicions were correct?

I don't support the spread of widespread paranoia, but, if a mother saw something suspicious at a school, didn't say anything out of fear of being called "paranoid", and tons of kids died from the subsequent rampage, she'd be crucified.


She didn't even investigate, or for that matter, see anything suspicious. It's not like she had a reason to raise an alarm. if the cleaner did go on a rampage, she would not have been "correct" about anything at all. She would have been a paranoid person whose fantasies happened to match up with a reality that day. She would still have been disconnected from reality. her premises did not fit her conclusions, nor the evidence.
 
2013-03-16 10:54:46 AM
 
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