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Letters suggest attacks at area schools

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Posted: Dec 17, 2012 3:36 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Dec 17, 2012 3:36 PM
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PONCHATOULA- Two letters were mailed to elementary schools Monday, suggesting some sort of attack.

Police said they are investigating, and believe the letters were mailed form the same location, possibly in the Tangipahoa Parish area.

Police would not speak much about the situation, although they said they are investigating, strongly. Extra officers were added at Perrin Early Learning Center and Tucker Memorial Elementary School, the two schools were principals received the letters, and other schools in the city.

Police said the notes were threatening in nature, written on loose-leaf paper. Among other suggestive language, the author asked, "have you watched the news?"

The schools were not put on lockdown, and students were never told about the situation. Police said outside of the extra officers and an active investigation behind the scenes, it was a "typical school day."

The school system said based on the nature of the letters, a lockdown wasn't needed.

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