School officials said that a letter delivered to Evergreen Valley High School in San Jose this morning contained unscented baby powder and a note expressing dissatisfaction with a dress code policy forbidding hats.Police, fire and hazardous materials crews were dispatched to the school late this morning, after a staff member opened the letter and noticed white powder, according to Alan Garofalo, associate superintendent for student services. The envelope was sent through the U.S. mail.Upon spotting the white powder, school officials sealed the building, shut down ventilation systems and alerted the proper emergency responders, Garofalo said. The activity occurred in an administrative building and classes were not affected.”It really didn’t affect a lot of the student body,” he said. “It just wasted time and a lot of the taxpayers’ money.”Authorities were able to determine the substance was merely unscented baby powder, according to Garofalo. The envelope also contained a letter “indicating this was in reaction to the administration’s stance on a hat policy,” he said, referring to the prohibition of hats in the school’s dress code.Garofalo said the letter appeared to be the work of a student.”Rest assured, if we do find out who was behind it, that person is going to be prosecuted and expelled from this district,” he said. San Jose police said the U.S. Postal Service is investigating.
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