Wednesday, January 20, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Over-Cautious

Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette was closed Wednesday morning after a large duffel bag containing a Kermit the Frog — which appeared to have blood stains on it — was found on the west side of campus.

An employee of the school called police at about 7:15 a.m. after discovering the suspicious package in Peak to Peak's otherwise empty parking lot, according to Lafayette police Cmdr. Mark Battersby.

Police secured a perimeter around the school, and students and staff who had already arrived at Peak to Peak were locked down in a building on the east side of the campus while investigators checked the duffel.

Using a robot equipped with movable arms and a camera, members of Boulder County's bomb squad checked the inside of the duffel and the Kermit the Frog doll, Battersby said. An officer then made a final inspection of the abandoned items in person to make sure everything was "absolutely safe."

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