On Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20, bomb threats were emailed to BIS, forcing school cancellations.
By: Iskhak Zhumaly uulu
Bishkek International School (BIS) has been facing a series of bomb threats in recent times, causing a great deal of anxiety and fear among students, faculty, and parents. These threats have not only disrupted the learning environment but also caused significant mental and emotional distress to all involved.
In the past couple weeks, BIS has received two bomb threats, which led to the evacuation of the school and extensive searches conducted by the local authorities. Fortunately, no explosive devices were found, and everyone was able to return to their daily routine – but they did force school closures on both occasions. These incidents have also raised serious concerns about the safety and security of the school and its students, not only at BIS, but also at schools throughout Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan where similar threats were sent.
Bomb threats are a serious matter, and they can have severe consequences, including physical harm, property damage, and psychological trauma. Even a false threat can cause significant disruptions and lead to a loss of valuable instructional time. In addition, these incidents can create a culture of fear, distrust, and paranoia, which can negatively impact the learning and teaching environment.
Schools are supposed to be safe place for students, where they can learn, grow, and develop into responsible adults. However, when threats like this occur, they undermine the very foundation of the educational experience. Students and teachers need to feel safe and secure in their learning environment, and that is why these bomb threats are so concerning.
The school administration has been working closely with the local authorities to investigate these incidents and take appropriate measures to enhance the security of the school. They have also been communicating with parents and students to keep them informed about the situation and to provide them with guidance on how to stay safe.
It is essential that everyone remains vigilant and takes these threats seriously. Students and staff members need to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior or activity immediately. Parents also play a critical role in ensuring the safety of their children by talking to them about what to do in case of an emergency and monitoring their social media activity.
In conclusion, the recent bomb threats at BIS and other schools in Bishkek are a cause for concern, but they also present an opportunity for us to come together and strengthen our resolve to keep our schools safe. It is essential that we work together to create a culture of safety and security and take proactive measures to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Only then can we ensure that our students can learn and thrive in a secure environment free from fear and anxiety.