Concerning Graffiti Prompts Police Action at High School

April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 17, 2012 Updated Apr 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM EDT

Evans/Angola, NY (WKBW)- The discovery of some concerning graffiti at Lake Shore High School prompted an increase in police presence at the building Tuesday. The Evans Police Department was notified by school administrators after the graffiti was discovered Monday inside a student bathroom. Backpacks were checked before students could proceed to class, K-9's searched the building, and Police spent the entire day at the high school. Nothing was found inside the school. Authorities are not releasing what the graffiti said.

"It was graffiti on the wall and we take all things serious at the school," said Evans Police Captain Charles Danzi. "There was some concern, so we put our plan into action."

The district released this statement:

"The Lake Shore School District and Evans Police Department followed response plans today after graffiti was discovered in a High School student bathroom that generated some concern. During times of elevated concern, the District enacts response plans and works with law enforcement agencies to preserve a safe educational environment.

The Evans Police Department had an increased presence at the High School today and will continue to investigate the graffiti and assist the District in any way necessary to preserve the safety of the students, staff and school community.

"We are aware of rumors and speculation in the media and our community. We appreciate the concern and cooperation of our students, staff, parents and school community. The High School students and staff are to be commended for their total cooperation today. Our High School Principal Julie Hoerner, updated students at the close of the instructional day and the District activated Global Connect, an automatic call system, to notify parents of today's events," Superintendent of School James Przepasniak said.

"Safety is our number one priority. As a School District we evaluate every situation on an individual basis with law enforcement. We have response plans in place and respond to all concerns regarding safety of our students, staff and school community," Mr. Przepasniak said.

"Parents and school community members can assist their children, police, and school district by remaining calm in any future situations that may occur," Evans Police Department Captain Charles Danzi said. Town of Evans Police and Canine officers from the Niagara Frontier Transit Police and the Erie County Sheriff's Office were on campus throughout the day without incident.

All District events and school activities will continue as scheduled."