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Police developing action plan after schools receive threat

Posted on April 8, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 8, 2013 at 6:27 p.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart Police Department officers are working on an action plan for schools located within the city after receiving an anonymous threat.

According to a press release from the Elkhart Police Department, schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties received threats from an unknown person who said they were going to “kill 20 kids in five different schools.” The person said the incident will happen Monday, April 15.

Police have been in contact with Elkhart Community Schools, as well as Trinity Lutheran School, St. Vincent De Paul and St. Thomas School, according to the press release.

Assistant Chief Laura Koch said police cannot release more information at this time as it could interfere with investigation or the safety of the schools.

Doug Hasler, executive director of support services for Elkhart Community Schools, said that administrators are working with the Elkhart Police Department and taking measures “that will provide for the safety of staff and students.” Those include an increased number of officers around school campuses, among other actions, he said.

Police are asking for anyone with information regarding the threat to call them at 574-389-4777.