No incidents reported at Danville schools in wake of graffiti threats

"Very quiet day at all schools," SRVUSD spokesman says

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.

"Nothing to report … nothing out of the ordinary," Danville Police Chief Steve Simpkins said after town schools let out Thursday.

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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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on May 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

I see no one is responding to this latest information.

I believe we all knew it was done to get attention and they sure got that.

Now the important next step is to find the folks that caused all this problem and hand out the proper punishment.

I see the DPD is asking for help...Please allow me...the people in Danville are motivated by MONEY...offer a reward of about $5,000.00 cash with no questions asked and you will get the greedy buddies of the people that did the spray painting...MONEY, that's what makes Danville go around and around. The DPD knows how to flush out this matter. It is called contacting and talking to informants...they are motivated by good old money.
I hope the DPD get these crazies.

Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on May 9, 2014 at 9:36 am

Thank you so much to the school administration and district employees who came out and were so visible during the week. Especially to the guards who were walking around the school; and even though they were not the youngest and most athletic, they did their jobs even when their bodies were sore and tired.

Thank you to the Danville Police. I know you were doing your jobs, but it made everyone more comfortable seeing you throughout the week.

As for yesterday…

I was one of the many parents who had the very difficult decision whether to send my children to school or to keep them home. Ultimately, after being reassured by school administration and police, we decided that 5/8/14 would be the safest day to send our children to school, especially to CWMS.

I was happy to see employees out on El Capitian waving hello, then turning into the parking lot to see such a united front of support by so many people. Students were greeted with fist bumps and big smiles. Parents were greeted with hellos and reassuring words. So…thank you to all who went out of their way to make a bad situation more comfortable.

TO THE CHILDREN who were so brave to go to school…good for you…you should be so proud of yourselves! You proved to everyone that you are not going to let some punk take away your right to get an education. You can teach others that we should not live in fear! We need to stand up and protect what is ours!

I also want to point out that several of the parents who made the hard decision to drop children off stayed in the CWMS area. Walking their dogs, exercising, driving by…You are great parents.

As for today and beyond…God bless our children!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on May 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

One more thing…

The Town of Danville had many maintenance workers working at Osage Park and around CWMS yesterday. This may be a coincidence, but thank you.

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