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Police Officer Stationed at Avon High School in Response to Graffiti Threats

Vandalism threatening a staff member and school property were discovered last week.

An Avon police officer will be stationed at Avon High School during school hours every day for the time being after school officials found threats scrawled in two bathrooms last week.

This is in addition to having police presence at all Avon schools at the start and end of the school day as added security measures in response to the December Newtown school shooting.

Even before that, Avon police did routine patrols at each of the schools to check in, according to Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh.

"Now we are definitely a more visible presence and we have an officer posted at the high school," Walsh said Friday.

Avon Superintendent Gary Mala told the Hartford Courant Thursday that he requested the temporary police presence during the whole school day after hearing from many concerned parents about the situation.

One threat discovered Jan. 24 in a school bathroom was directed at a high school staff member. The other, found in a different bathroom, referenced destruction of school property on a certain date. The threats included "racial" and "anti-semitic epithets," Avon Police Capt. Jeffrey Blatter previously said in a written statement

The school was not evacuated, but school officials notified police about the threats at 1:17 p.m. that day. No one was in immediate danger, police said.

Police launched a criminal investigation immediately after the incident and are still actively investigating the open case.

Karen's Dog Training Blog February 02, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Should make whoever did this pay the police officer's salary while he/her is at the school..
Anthony February 03, 2013 at 10:39 AM
If there was video surveillance (like any 7-11 market or gas station has) at the school it would eliminate all this vandalism. There is nothing outdoors.
Anthony February 03, 2013 at 10:39 AM
If there was video surveillance (like any 7-11 market or gas station has) at the school it would eliminate all this vandalism. There is nothing outdoors.

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