Police are stepping up their security presence at schools across Michiana on Monday in response to an anonymous threat to kill students.
Three months ago a note was found at the Elkhart License Branch threatening to kill 20 students at five different schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties on April 15.
The Elkhart Police Dept. announced Sunday an officer from the department would be in each Elkhart community school, in addition to four parochial schools: St. Vincent, St. Thomas, Montessori Academy, and Trinity Lutheran. At least one officer will be on site from sunrise until the end of the school day on Monday.
Last Wednesday, Elkhart County Sheriff Brad Rogers went public with his opinion that the threat was simply not credible, but nevertheless the extra police presence will serve as a precautionary measure.
And just as police were gearing up for extra security on Monday, Elkhart Central High School was vandalized Sunday afternoon. The school sign and exterior wall were spray-painted with graffiti which said “Sandyhook is a hoaxs. F*** current Gov,” and “arm the teachers.”
There are exterior cameras at the school, however authorities say it is unclear if the footage captured the vandalism.
Elkhart Central has had a security plan in place since the threat was made earlier this year. School officials say that despite the graffiti they are not adding any additional security beyond what their original plan calls for.