Bomb Threats Case

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The first option, to do nothing, is very risky. Although most bomb threats to schools are just a hoax, the price that will be paid if there is an actual bomb, namely human life, is too high to quantify. This is similar to the Ford Pinto case, where after a cost-benefit analysis, they decided the cost of fixing the death traps outweighed the benefits. In looking at this scenario, lawsuits would occur if there was an actual bomb. There would be no way to avoid them because everyone would know the school board met beforehand to discuss available options. Rationalizing option one could be done using egoism. The board could decide to look at the situation from the perspective of themselves. Because most bomb threats are hoaxes, they would have decided that the benefit of bringing everyone into school as usual would outweigh the possible inconveniences that calling school off for a day could cause. Parents would be worried, babysitters would have to be found, school schedules would suffer, the authorities would have to be involved and so on. By using egoism, they would only be worried about themselves and not the benefits to the students, teachers, and parents who may have objected to sending children to school with a possible bomb threat. Option two could be supported by enlightened egoism. Enlightened egoism still focuses on one’s best interest, but it does also take into account the feelings of those who will be affected by the decision. This would be similar to my reasoning used for option one, but instead of them choosing to go through the school day like normal, by considering others (teachers, students, parents and their subsequent reactions) they could choose to cancel school but lie about the reason. Specifically, they could decide that the potential backlash from the public to be too detrimental to their reputation. However, similar to option one, they may…...

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