Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Assault, threat close schools

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        LOCKLAND — Police have no suspects in a Monday morning assault on a Lockland High School secretary that led school officials to cancel classes for the district's 750 pupils.

        Meanwhile, in Forest Park, school officials plan to offer a cash reward for information about whoever wrote a threatening message on the wall of a Winton Woods High School restroom Friday that prompted the cancellation of classes Monday.

        Classes resume today in both districts with additional police on hand.

        Lockland Police Sgt. Darin Lunsford said a secretary entered a dark school office about 6:30 a.m. and reached for the lights. She felt something cut her lower arm and

        was pushed against the door frame as her assailant fled.

        The Enquirer is not naming the secretary because the intruder remains at large.

        Officers from Arlington Heights, Wyoming and Evendale helped secure the building while a canine unit from Sharonville searched the building.

        On the advice of police, Lockland Superintendent Phil Fox can celed classes at the high school and adjoining elementary school. He said two janitors were in the building and one had finished cleaning the office within 45 minutes of the secretary's arrival. Police did not find any signs of forced entry.

        “It appears someone had some type of key access,” Sgt. Lunsford said. “A small amount of cash - $200 to $300 — was missing from the office.”

        No other area of the school was disturbed, Sgt. Lunsford said.

        Mr. Fox said the secretary initially refused treatment but later went to Bethesda North Hospital to be checked. She had a small laceration on her lower arm and a small bump on the back of her head.

        In Winton Woods, Superintendent Thomas Richey said police were called to the high school shortly before noon Friday after a message was discovered that threatened trouble at the school Monday. Students remained in their classes while police searched the building.

        Additional searches by police and a canine unit were conducted over the weekend, but classes were canceled Monday as a precaution. A reward will be announced today. Students will have to make up the missed day on a date not yet determined.

        Mr. Richey said book bags would not be allowed in school the rest of the year.


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