Investigation reveals other educators talked about guns in school

2013-03-25T18:30:00Z 2013-03-25T23:39:04Z Investigation reveals other educators talked about guns in schoolDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

LAKE STATION | Three Lake Station School Corp. educators posted comments on Facebook talking about "solving problems and needing guns," Police Chief Kevin Garber said Monday.

"That's definitely a red flag to talk about putting guns in the school," Garber said.

Police were told of the Feb. 21 postings by one of the educators during a recent investigation at the school involving Edison High School business teacher Jeff Kincaid, Garber said.

Kincaid, a 33-year veteran teacher, was placed on leave March 1 after an incident where he wrote what authorities called "threats" to students on the chalkboard.

The message written by Kincaid, which said in part, "Period 6 (only). A. You are idiots!!! B. The guns are loaded!!! C. Care to try me???" was posted on Facebook by a student.

Kincaid remains on administrative leave without pay following School Board action March 20.

Garber declined to provide the names of the other educators, identifying them as an Edison High School teacher, an Edison High School administrative staff member and a Polk Elementary School teacher.

Information about their social media conversation and the investigation into comments made by Kincaid were all forwarded to the Lake County prosecutor's office Friday, Garber said.

The Facebook conversation posted by the administrative staff member to the two other teachers joked about them being "like Charlie's Angels....on a mission. We just need matching outfits and guns! Yes, having guns would help us make change happen much faster..."

One of the two teachers posted: "OMG. I get pink sparkles. You get gold sequins.. (Name omitted) needs turquoise rhinestones. I'm not sure about a gun, but I can so rock a taze. (Name omitted) can you get me one!"

The second teacher wrote: "I could have talked with you girls for hours."

During the course of the police investigation, detectives spoke to school Superintendent Dan DeHaven, who confirmed that there were postings found on Facebook involving school personnel.

DeHaven said the statements had been brought to his attention by Lake Station School Board member James Vanderlin.

Vanderlin could not be reached for comment Monday, and DeHaven declined comment about the close of the police investigation.

The police investigation included interviews with more than 55 students and several administrators and staff members, Garber said.

Detectives concentrated on speaking to students from the first and second periods who had viewed the writings on the board and the students from the sixth period who were the target of the threats, Garber said.

One student told police that Kincaid had told students March 1 that he was thinking about retiring and then told them if he did, he was "leaving with blood on his shirt," Garber said.

Another student told Kincaid she was going to go to college even without a grade in his class.

She said the teacher then told her, "Good. On your way down there, I hope you get hit by a train," Garber said.

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