Friday, June 22, 2007
CSC receives suspicious letter Students were not at risk, officials agree
The Carlisle Police have opened an investigation into a letter and car defacing incident that allegedly targeted Superintendent Marie Doyle, said Carlisle School Committee (CSC) member Michael Fitzgerald. He would not comment on the contents of the letter, which was addressed to the CSC, but did say it might be viewed as a threat to Superintendent Marie Doyle. He stressed, "At no time was the safety of the students, faculty or other administrators compromised or in jeopardy." Classes ended June 19 and few students will be on campus until September.
Though the contents "contained nothing graphic," Fitzgerald said, "it concerned us enough to turn it over to the police." The teachers were made aware of the letter during a meeting on June 18, he said.
According to Fitzgerald, the letter did not arrive through the mail, but was inserted in the School Committee's mailbox at the school. In addition, he said, Doyle's car was "defaced" last winter and at least one other time.
As of press time, the police could not be reached for comment.
Superintendent Doyle would not comment on the existence of a threatening letter or police investigation, but stated firmly, "The children are completely safe. There have been no threats made against the school and no threats made against children."
Doyle said, "This has been a difficult budget season," observing that the cuts in the school budget have made some people uncomfortable. She said, "All I want to do is rebuild our sense of community." She added, "I'm confident we're going to resolve this."
"No matter what your viewpoint," said School Committee member Dale Ryder, "this is absolutely intolerable."
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