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Friday, May 13, 2005

Timing angers parents

By Greg Cima and Phyllis Coulter

BLOOMINGTON -- Parents near Irving Elementary School say they're glad police are cracking down on drugs, but are angry about a drug raid happening as children arrived for school Thursday.

"Why couldn't they (police) have done it half an hour earlier or later?" said Ron Blankenship, father of two boys who attend Irving. "I'm glad they did it, but their timing. ... A lot of people don't like this."

Children were in the school playground about 100 feet from the home at 708 W. Mill St. when a loud bang went off about 8:20 a.m. It was heard for blocks.

Several parents reported hearing the loud noise, seeing police throw something into the house and seeing a flash, said District 87 Superintendent Bob Nielsen. He said from reports it sounded like a concussion grenade.

Nielsen said some children fell and skinned their knees, but there were no other injuries.


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