Back to Normal After Bomb Scare

1 decade 3 weeks 6 days ago Friday, November 16 2007 Nov 16, 2007 Friday, November 16, 2007 5:53:45 PM CST November 16, 2007 in News

Police responded to the scare at the Islamic Center of Central Missouri on 5th and Locust. Today, we followed up with people who work at the Islamic Center school.

KOMU spoke with some of the teachers and students there, and group members who say there are no ill feelings whatsoever.

In fact, the principal of the school said the young man probably was just confused.

Friday morning activities continued just as planned. Parents met with teachers for parent-teacher conferences, while kids amused themselves in the classrooms and on the playground.

School officials said they want everyone to know they are not scared and that they feel at home in Columbia.

They also said they feel safer knowing that the police arrived as quickly as they did.

"We never had any fears before, even now," said Islamic School Principal Lina Wahid. "What we feel right now, is even more safer, because of the police being so close."

The school principal also said that even though the local Muslim community doesn't know the suspect, if he needs help, they are willing to provide any assistance they can.

KOMU also spoke with Nanette Ward who directs a community circle group, which works on unity in Columbia.

During the next group meeting, the discussion will turn to understanding Islam and the public can come and share their concerns about Thursday's bomb scare.

The group will meet Thursday, November 29 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library.

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