A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
Investigate The Non-Evacuation of Booker Elementary School
May 6, 2002
Dear Senator Akaka,
I would like to see an investigation into why the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida was not evacuated on the morning of September 11, 2001. Why were those children and the President exposed to an unprecedented threat yet nothing was done?
ABC journalist John Cochran was traveling with the President. He reported on ABC TV on Tuesday morning (Sept 11th):
Clearly President Bush and the Secret Service are aware that the first plane had hit the WTC, however it was reported that they believed that it was a small plane and proceeded to the Booker School.
Card came into the classroom at 9:05 to inform President Bush that
I specifically want to know why the Secret Service did not immediately secure the President and remove him from danger and why the school was not evacuated thereby putting hundreds of children into harm's way. At the time of the second plane crashed into the WTC there was no way of knowing how many other planes or incidents were involved. There could have been none, a few or even hundreds more involved - there simply was no way of knowing. The president's visit to that school was a widely publicized event. That school was a potential target.
It was a gross dereliction of their sworn duty for the Secret Service to not remove the President from the school at 9:05. I don't even know what to call the threat to those hundreds of children. I would like to know when these Secret Service personnel will be reprimanded.
One can certainly argue now that the President and the children were safe because nothing happened, but at that time, at 9:05 AM on September 11th there was no way of knowing. I really want to know why the school was not evacuated. It has always been my understanding that the Secret Service's sole responsibility is to protect the President - giving their own lives, if necessary, to protect him. What happened on September 11th? Why did they not lift a finger to get him out of that school?
Why were those children left in harm's way?
Ari Fleischer, Bush's press secretary clearly stated on September 12th that Air Force One was in fact a target. This was later disproved, however the country was lead to believe that the President was a target on September 11th. I want to know why the Secret Service did not protect the President or the children of Emma E. Booker Elementary School.
Thank you for your prompt attention into this matter.
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