School district officials and parents were on edge Wednesday as police investigated two threatening, racially charged letters that were recently sent to De Anza High.
The first letter arrived on September 12th. The second came a week later.
Richmond Police are now investigating the case as a possible hate crime. Authorities said it appears the two letters were written by the same person.
The first letter starts by saying "Your so-called students area nuisance at the plaza where my business is located." The person goes on to say "I can only hope and pray the next school shooting happens real soon."
"I'm very concerned. Very concerned." said De Anza parent Cynthia Englin.
Principal Robert Evans met with parents at the school library Wednesday night.
School officials said parents are being kept up to date about the threatening letters by automated calls.
"All students should come to school wearing their IDs everyday where visible. This is an important part of being able to identify our students and keeping them safe," the automated calls instruct.
School officials told KTVU there is added security on campus and Richmond police have stepped up patrols. Investigators said there are several plazas in the area and that they've interviewed business owners.
"I advise my child to just be alert and know who you're surrounded by," said parent Andena Quintana.
Parents also expressed concern about racist remarks included in the letter.
"I'm just disappointed. I'm shocked," said one mother.
"Obviously it's somebody who's angry," said West Contra Costa Unified School District Executive Director Adam Taylor.
School officials said such threats are uncommon, but the district is prepared.
"We do take them seriously when they come in. You never know what the next steps will be," said Taylor. "Number one in the district is to ensure the safety of kids before we can even teach."
Police told KTVU they have no suspects and are asking anyone with information to contact them.
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