DANVILLE -- Police and school officials have joined together to offer a $1,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a recent graffiti message near Charlotte Wood Middle School that threatened harm.

The graffiti, written in the creek bed adjacent to the school's entrance, read"12 people, May 8". Officials added extra security for the school, and many parents kept their children home from classes, but no incidents were reported.

The Danville Police Department and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. who are both investigating the incident, are asking for the public's help to find the person who wrote the message.

A similar message was also found at John Baldwin Elementary School, but officials said they believed that was a "copycat" threat.

"This person may think that what they did was a simple prank," Police Chief Steve Simpkins said in a news release Friday. "But the reality is they threatened the safety of people in our community and we do not take that lightly."

Superintendent Mary Shelton said the incident has caused anxiety in the community and that she is hopeful the offer of $1,000 will lead to the arrest of the culprit and bring the situation to a close.

Police said a "copycat" threat was also found

Anyone with information on the message discovered near Charlotte Wood Middle School can contact the Danville Police Department at 925-314-3700 or email tips@danville.ca.gov.


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