Police Launch Criminal Investigation into Graffiti at Avon High School [Update 6:40 p.m., Jan. 24]

Written threats were reported on school property.

School officials discovered threats written on school property at Avon High School Thursday.

Avon police are currently conducting a criminal investigation into the incident, Avon Police Lt. Kelly Walsh said. No one was in immediate danger, she said.

"The threats were directed at school staff, destruction of school property and racial and anti-Semitic epithets," Avon Police Capt. Jeffrey Blatter said in a written statement late Thursday afternoon.

When asked about the content of the threats and the medium used to write them, Walsh declined to comment further because of the ongoing investigation.

The graffiti was reported to police at 1:17 p.m., according to Blatter. Avon police officers and detectives responded, Walsh said.

The threats were written on two bathroom walls at the high school, Avon Superintendent of Schools Gary Mala wrote in a letter to the community after visiting the school in the afternoon to be briefed on the incident. Police were at the school when he arrived, he said. 

"I wish to stress that at no time was the safety or security of Avon High School compromised," Mala wrote in his letter. "Additionally, we are using all available resources and processes to respond properly and will keep you updated as appropriate."

The department is working with the Avon Public Schools Central Office in the investigation, Walsh said.

"School officials are following appropriate processes in response to what was discovered," police said in the press release.

Students will return to school on Friday.

"We do not anticipate any interruption to the school schedule," Mala said in his letter.

The incident did not cause any delay to a pre-scheduled eighth-grade orientation event at the high school and the parking lot was packed in the evening.

If you have information on the written threats, Avon police request that you contact police dispatch at 860-409-4200.

Editor's Note: This story was last updated at 6:40 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 to incorporate information from Superintendent Gary Mala's written letter to the community.

Robert Donovan January 25, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Lets just close this school down. I have six kids I would never want them to be around such hate. I propose we knock the school down and build a new one so that there is no profanity. And make the people from Avon pay for it HEIM
simon January 25, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Robert; you are an idiot
Ed Smith January 25, 2013 at 10:30 PM
The graffiti in the bathroom stalls at Yale university is offensive too. Police investigations and suggestions of CAMERAS in the bathroom are over the top. Kids will pull the cat's tail, and they are probably laughing very hard at the huge reaction. When I was a kid there was also graffiti in the bathroom, and there weren't police called or cameras suggested, nor news articles about it. Wow!
POODETWA January 25, 2013 at 11:54 PM
i agree. in addition, have them wear a sign stating "i made racial slurs" and have them walk w/the sign in the north end of htfd.
1234 January 26, 2013 at 01:48 PM
"We can't expect the American People to jump from Capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of Socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have Communism." Nikita Khrushchev. The country is turning into a police state whether you like it or not!


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