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'Rash of vandalism and graffiti' reported at Kaneland High School

Threat reported as well, but it is deemed 'to not be credible'

MAPLE PARK – Kaneland High School on Monday experienced "a rash of vandalism and graffiti," including a threat that was deemed not to be credible, according to an email sent to families in Kaneland School District 302.

The email, signed by Superintendent Todd Leden, stated that the markings "range from expletives to explicit drawings to threats similar to those we communicated with you about last week." Last week, district officials sent information to families about a threat.

According to Monday's email, one of the writings included a threat to safety. The email states that, "through the investigation, in cooperation with the Kane County Sheriff's [Office], we have deemed this threat to not be credible." The email added that the Kane County K-9 Unit has been invited to perform a sweep of the building.

Regarding last week's threat, the email stated "due to the vigilance of the high school administration and staff, the student responsible for last week's threat has been identified. The administration has taken appropriate actions with regard to this student."

Damage on Monday was reported to areas inside of the building, the email stated, especially the boys and girls bathrooms. "This causes significant damage to property and also causes a major disruption to the learning environment," the email states.

The email encouraged parents and families to speak to their children about the importance of safety.

"We take each of these threats seriously and investigate completely," the email stated, adding that the markings were costing the school large amounts of time and material to repair.

"We would encourage you and your students to continue to share concerns and any other things that may be found within the building or heard amongst peers," the email states.

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