Officials reported no incidents occurred at Charlotte Wood Middle School, John Baldwin Elementary or other Danville campuses Thursday in the wake of graffiti messages at or near the first two schools that threatened harm to people on May 8.
The police department had multiple officers on the Charlotte Wood and John Baldwin campuses throughout the day on Thursday and increased police presence around the other schools in town in the wake of the threats.
The first graffiti message -- which stated, "I will kill 12 people on May 8" -- was discovered written in spray paint on rocks under a bridge adjacent to Charlotte Wood on El Capitan Drive on May 1.
A second message with similar verbiage -- which authorities think was the work of a copycat -- was discovered written in marker in a bathroom Wednesday at nearby John Baldwin. A copycat message, linked to a boy who was ultimately apprehended, was also found on the Charlotte Wood campus in the days after the initial graffiti, according to Simpkins.
But the threats never materialized at Danville schools on Thursday, officials said.
"Very quiet day at all schools," said Terry Koehne, spokesman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. "All in all, today was relatively a calm day."
Perhaps some of the quietness could be attributed to fewer children being on campus.
Only about half of the student population attended Charlotte Wood on Thursday, Koehne said.
The ratio was the same for John Baldwin, located about a mile north on Brookside Drive, according to Koehne. Attendance was down 20% at Greenbrook Elementary School, located on Harlan Drive about a mile south of Charlotte Wood.
"All things considered, we had a good day," said Chris George, principal of Charlotte Wood. "The staff here has been excellent in terms of keeping things steady for the kids."
Danville schools are expected to see increased police supervision again on Friday, according to Koehne.
The investigation continues into the original graffiti message found near Charlotte Wood, Simpkins said, asking anyone with information about the incident to contact investigators at 314-3700.
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