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* Buena Vista Elementary School, Student Receives Threatening Letter, Investigation Continues

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Walnut Creek police continue to investigate a racially driven, threatening letter received by an elementary school student, Walnut Creek School District Superintendent Patricia Wool said. A fifth grader at Buena Vista Elementary School found a note on her desk Friday that was “inflammatory in its threat and racial attack,” Wool said. The note, which Wool said was clearly written by a student, was turned over to Principal Cindy Jaconette and she began to investigate.

Jaconette spoke with the threatened child’s father before letting the child go home. Police were informed of the incident after a meeting with the child’s mother, Wool said. Police visited the homes of potential student witnesses of the incident. Police, along with Jaconette, met with the fifth grade classes at the school to discuss the dangers of threatening behavior, Wool said. Police determined there was no real threat of physical danger to any student but the matter is still under investigation, Wool said.

“Students who committed these thoughtless, frightening acts will be disciplined pursuant to the California Education Code and district policies,” Wool said. The California Education Code states a student may be subject to suspension or expulsion if the student “caused, attempted to cause or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.”

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