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Suspicious powder found in teacher’s desk

August 7, 2012

Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson

A suspiciously packaged white powder prompted Wapakoneta High School administrators to contact the Auglaize County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for assistance.

Auglaize County EMA Director Troy Anderson was called to the school after a teacher found a “suspicious” envelope in a desk drawer. The envelope had white powder folded up inside and was discovered Friday morning a little before 11 a.m.

The teacher who opened the envelope said some of the powder went airborne causing it to come into contact with the teacher’s tongue, the tip of which went numb, according to a deputy’s report from the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office.

The envelope was placed in a plastic storage tub and tested by Anderson, who determined it to be some type of cleaning solution containing chlorine comparable to Clorox. He planned to dispose of it as a hazardous chemical.

“Because it was in an envelope, it made everyone suspicious,” Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said Monday. “We followed safety protocol because of the way it was packaged.”

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