POCOMOKE CITY, Md.- Jennifer Hartfield has three children in Worcester County Public Schools and said she is keeping those children out of school for the remainder of the week because of the continued bomb threats on Delmarva. Hartfield added that she would be open to keeping them out of school even longer if the threats continue.
WBOC met with Hartfield on Wednesday afternoon as she was working on homework with her children. Hartfield said the continued bomb threats to Delmarva schools, including Worcester County, left her believing home was the safest place for her children.
"Worried, anxious, just waiting for all of it to be done and over with. I want it to be over with because I want my kids to feel comfortable going back to school, and they're not," Hartfield said Wednesday.
She said it was a choice she had to make after talking with her children.
"My kids expressing their fear to me, 'Hey Mom, I'm scared, I don't want to go back to school.' So my kids had a big part in my decision," said Hartfield.
Worcester County, along with many schools and districts on Delmarva, have been plagued with bomb threats for the past two weeks with a majority of the calls coming in the form of automated robocalls. Last Friday, the entire Worcester County school district was threatened, which forced evacuations from district buildings and many parents picking up their kids at various locations, including the Berlin Fire Department.
For Hartfield, she is not going to feel completely comfortable until these calls stop.
"Obviously it's a lot harder to catch whoever is doing it," she said. "If you can catch them,great. But stop making these calls and stop terrorizing my children. It's ridiculous."
Hartfield concluded by saying if her kids return to school on Monday and the threats continue, she will not hesitate to pull her children out of school and homeschool them for the remainder of the school year.