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WPD investigate WMS threat

March 8, 2012

A school and police investigation into an incident at the Wapakoneta Middle School revealed a student acted out of frustration when he made a comment about the shooting at Columbine High School.

Parents of Wapakoneta Middle School students received a letter Thursday about school administrators being informed “a student made reference to there being a ‘Columbine issue at Wapakoneta Middle School’ ” and taking action.

Columbine High School, the site of the 1999 shooting by the school’s senior students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, resulted in the death of 12 students and one teacher and 24 others being injured.

Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said he received a call Tuesday night from a concerned parent which prompted him to call the Wapakoneta Middle School’s administrators, the school guidance counselor and officers with the Wapakoneta Police Department.

Wapakoneta Police Lt. Barry Truesdale and other officers investigated the incident with Truesdale addressing the issue with the student and the student’s father. Truesdale determined there is “no threat at this time,” Wapakoneta Police Department clerk-dispatcher Denise Kohler told the Wapakoneta Daily News.

Truesdale’s report was forwarded to Horner and school administrators.

Kohler said their investigation is closed unless school administrators contact the police department again regarding that the incident and it was a precautionary step.

Kohler said the report has not been forwarded to prosecutors with the Auglaize County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office at this time.

Horner said the student has been disciplined.

He said the letter was issued because he wanted the correct information to be distributed to the parents of students. The letter informed parents the students and the school were safe and parents providing such information is imperative to the process for obvious reasons.

“To my knowledge there were a lot of rumors floating around and that was one of the reasons we wanted to get the correct information out,” Horner said. “We had enough people continually calling reporting the same thing and we did not want to cause a panic.

“We also want to thank the parent for calling and we want people to call us and informing us if something needs attention,” he said. “If people do not call we cannot look into it. We encourage people to call us and give us the opportunity to look into it. We also want to thank the police.”

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