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Mishawaka Schools chief gives more details on school threat

Mishawaka Schools superintendent releases more details on threat made to local schools.

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 10, 2013 at 4:49 p.m.

MISHAWAKA — In a letter dated Wednesday, April 10, posted on the City School of Mishawaka’s website, Mishawaka school administrators give a few more details on the threat made to schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

According to the letter, Mishawaka Schools Superintendent Terry Barker wanted parents to know that on “or about January 21, 2013, an anonymous piece of graffiti was apparently found on a bathroom stall in the women’s restroom at an Elkhart Bureau of Motor Vehicles office.” The letter states that the “graffiti made reference to doing harm to ‘20 kids in 5 different schools on 4/15/2013 in St. Joseph Elkhart County.”

Elkhart Police Department Asst. Chief Laura Koch did not respond to a call about the details. Lt. Matthew Blank of the St. Joseph County Police Department had said Tuesday that the threat had been found in Elkhart County sometime in mid-January. Without giving more specifics about how the threat was made, he compared it to a scribble made on a bathroom stall.

The letter on Mishawaka Schools’ website goes on to say that School City of Mishawaka and the Mishawaka Police Department are working closely together to address the situation.

Other Elkhart County and St. Joseph County school systems’ superintendents and administrators have posted letters and messages to parents and students on their websites, explaining how they’re approaching the situation and assuring parents of the safety measures within their district.

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