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Police chief praises STC School staff

April 8, 2011
By John Speer, Editor •
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - “They were above and beyond expectations,” Tama Police Chief Dan Wilkens said Monday of South Tama School administration and staff. His comments came after a bomb threat forced the temporary evacuation of 750 young students attending the Elementary School in Tama last Thursday morning.

“I’ m confident our case has been resolved,” Wilkens said. He said the case took priority and “took a lot of man-hours from the police department over the weekend.”

“We interviewed a lot of people and found the cooperation of the parents to be very supportive,” he said

He declined to provide further details of the investigation.

Wilkens said school officials had to “act on the side of caution” when the decision was made to take the students and staff to the high school gymnasium.

“At no time were the students in any danger,” he said.

In fact, he said some of the younger students only expressed disappointment they didn’t see a basketball game played while at the high school.

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Tama Police Chief Dan Wilkens



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