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Alexandria parents want to know "What took so long?"

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"It's just crazy," Sydney Ransom said. "Everybody's crying, everybody's screaming. You just don't know what's going on."

It was an anything but usual Friday for Ransom, who is a sixth grade student at Alexandria High School.

In fact, she says it was downright scary.

"Not knowing what's going makes you feel like 'Am I going to be safe'?," she said.

All because of a bomb threat.

A note found on a desk led to every student being taken to the football field for two hours while bomb sniffing dogs and law enforcement swept the building.

Sydney's mother, Jessica Morris, was panicking. She says the only thing law enforcement told her to do was call a voicemail service at the Sheriff's Office.

"I'm like, 'You don't understand...I don't want to leave a message, I want to know if my child's OK'," Morris said.

Lakeitha Jones got no response either. Not from the Sheriff's Department or even the school, which was weird, she thought, given the school has an automated system.

"The automated system will call and let you know about progress reports and report cards," she said. "But, it won't call and tell you anything when an incident like this happens."

After the school was swept and the threat was cleared that message went out. Parents say it was the voice of Deputy Superintendent Ed Roe saying there was a situation at the school, that students were safe and that the threat was over.

Parents say with situations at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut and at Chelsea Middle School earlier this week communication is necessary.

"I think it might have went a little better if they would send out an overall message when it started," Morris said.

In a phone interview, Friday evening, Roe says the school system wanted to make sure students were safe and that administrators did not get in the way of the investigation before sending out a message.

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