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Graffiti, bomb threat found at school

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Gazette Staff
May 19, 2008
— A bomb threat found written on doors at Kennedy Elementary School this morning prompted a search inside the school and police combing the neighborhood, but school went on as normal, said Principal Niel Bender.

The threat included “racial inferences” in addition to a threat of an explosion today at the school, Deputy Police Chief Dave Moore said.


The graffiti was done in what appeared to be white crayon on the front doors and one other door, and it was removed, Bender said.


The school is located at 3901 Randolph Road on the city’s east side.


The school’s doors were secure this morning, and the alarm system had not been activated, but school staff searched the building, and nothing looked out of place, Bender said. For those reasons, the threat was not considered credible, and school went on as usual, Bender said.


Two parents bringing their children to the YWCA’s BASICS program at Kennedy decided not to leave their children at school, Bender said.


“It’s not how you like the week to start, and we normally don’t get any vandalism out here,” Bender said.


The graffiti did not include any indicators of street gangs, Moore said. The incident remains under investigation.



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