Baker police chief upset with superintendent

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Posted: Oct 23, 2009 5:32 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Oct 26, 2009 5:33 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Baker Middle, School, threat, letter, police, superintendent

Baker's police chief says he is disappointed in the school superintendent after a threat investigation at Baker Middle was not reported to police.

A teacher at the school said she received a threatening letter from a student this week and reported it to school authorities. Police Chief Mike Knaps said he would have never known about the incident if it had not been for News 2.

This comes a week after school leaders failed to report a BB gun incident at the school, where a student allegedly shot a teacher. Chief Knaps said he was disappointed because the superintendent promised to open the lines of communication between the school system and police.

Superintendent Estes Taplin admitted he never talked to Chief Knaps about the investigation. But Taplin said he told the school resource officer about it.

"That's not true," said Chief Knaps. "He was not contacted. If he would have been contacted, he would have contacted his supervisor who in turn would have told me about it."

Taplin could not be reached for comment today.

Chief Knaps also questioned the intentions of the teacher because she never reported the incident to police. Now that they are involved, Knaps said she may not want to move forward with the case.

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