I'm writing in response to the letter about the Texas boy who was arrested because the school believed the clock he made was a bomb ["Texas authorities justified in arrest," Sept. 24].

The writer feels the story was overplayed by the media, and the school was justified. If that's true, the school should be criticized for much more than having the student arrested. If school officials truly believed it was a bomb, why didn't they evacuate the school? Why wasn't the bomb squad called in? Why did they place the "bomb" and the student in the principal's office and then in a police car?

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Did school officials really believe it was a bomb? If so, they should be held accountable for jeopardizing student safety.

Lynn Baglio, Mount Sinai

Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher.