Backpack, purse search planned at Craig today

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Monday, April 30, 2012
— The discovery of a "potentially threatening" message found Friday evening by a night custodian at Craig High School has prompted the Janesville School District to order a student backpack and purse search this morning, according to a news release Sunday night from Superintendent Karen Schulte.

"The search is an extra precautionary measure. The safety of our students and staff is the School District of Janesville's main concern," the release stated.

Students will not be allowed to enter Craig High School until 7 a.m. today when school officials will monitor all entrances to the building.

Students were notified through the district's alert mechanism at 6:48 p.m. Sunday to only bring materials that would be needed for school activities and classes, a parent of a Craig High School student said.

The backpack and purse search will help ensure students and staff are kept safe, according to the release.

The Janesville Police Department was notified of the threat at 10:58 p.m. Saturday by Craig High School Principal Alison Spiegel, said Sgt. Chad Pearson, who said what was written on the bathroom walls wasn't being released.

Police school liaison officer Thomas Lemery is involved with the matter and met with school officials, Pearson said.

Schulte also would not say what the threat was or what materials were used to write the message due to the ongoing investigation.

In addition to extra Janesville Police Department presence at Craig this morning, Schulte has directed 19 members of her administrative team to assist Craig High School administration with the search.

Last updated: 8:02 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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