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Threat leads to school absences

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – School districts in two northern Indiana counties reported widespread absences on Monday after authorities announced last week that an anonymous threat had been found nearly three months earlier warning that 20 schoolchildren would be killed in area schools on April 15.

Elkhart Community Schools spokeswoman Jodee Shaw said 60 percent to 70 percent of students in the district didn’t attend school on Monday.

City of Mishawaka schools reported 39 percent of its students didn’t show up, while Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. said 32 percent of its students were out.

Authorities disclosed last week that on Jan. 21 graffiti was found in a bathroom stall at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Elkhart threatening to harm students at five unspecified schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.