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Pasco's Mary Giella Elementary School under heavier security after threat

Mary Giella Elementary School in Shady Hills has added extra Pasco County sheriff's deputies to the campus today after several employees received threatening e-mails from a person unrelated to the school.

The threats were made by a person who did business with the husband of one of the school's employees and was unhappy with the results.

"It has absolutely nothing to do with district business," district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said. The person sent a letter to the school that said, "he'll come to the school and do whatever it takes to get his money," Romagnoli said.

To keep parents in the loop, the district is sending home a letter with students today. School Board members have criticized the district recently for failing to alert parents about potentially dangerous situations in schools. The letter reads: 

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am writing today to inform you of a situation that has occurred involving our school.  Some members of our staff have received threats of violence from a disgruntled person regarding a personal matter that is unrelated to school business.  We immediately contacted law enforcement, and they are actively investigating this situation.  

As a precautionary measure, there is an increased law enforcement presence on our campus at this time.  Please be ensured that we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement throughout their investigation and take necessary steps to ensure the safety of our campus.

As always, safety remains our primary concern. Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have questions or need additional information. 

Sincerely, George Papaemanuel, Principal

See the developing story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 10, 2012 1:45pm]


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