Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Officials pinpoint threat

Wyoming students named in letter

By Andrea Tortora
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WYOMING — Officials at Wyoming Middle School said Tuesday they have identified the female student who wrote a letter last week that threatened the lives of eight female students.

        School officials have “issued the consequences,” said Principal Paul Imhoff. “We believe in very serious consequences,” he added. He would not reveal what they were.

        The Enquirer is not naming the student because she is a juvenile.

        The letter, handwritten in the writer's assignment notebook, named the eight girls, and uses profanity and slang. It reads, “U r all gonna die! A.S.A.P.”

        “She thought it was a prank. She didn't realize the severity of what she did,” the girl's father said Tuesday. He also said he took his daughter to the homes of the other girls to apologize.

        Superintendent Ted Knapke said the district takes such instances seriously.

        “You just don't make threats,” Mr. Knapke said. “This is a good opportunity to let students know that you just don't make threats.”

        The girls immediately showed the note to school officials, who spoke with their parents.

        One mother, whom the Enquir er is not identifying to protect her daughter's identity, said she does not take the situation lightly.

        She did not keep her daughter at home because of the letter, though.

        “I moved into this district so my daughter could get a good education,” she said. “My daughter should not be frightened out of that. We can't stop living our lives.”

        The letter said its author would not be caught because “I've done this 5 other times. You'll know who I am when I kill you. I know where all of you live.”

        Police are providing an extra watch at the girls' homes.

        Mr. Knapke encouraged use of the district's anonymous tip line: (800) 418-6423.


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