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DA launches investigation of threats in Wyomissing school stadium fence case

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 14 2014 04:33:08 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 06:06:51 PM CST

Wyomissing Area School District officials are putting out a plea for help after opposition to a community project has taken a troubling turn.

WYOMISSING, Pa. -

Wyomissing Area School District officials have put out a plea for help after opposition to a community project took a troubling turn.

School board members, administrators and even teachers have been receiving threats over a fence around the football field, said officials.

The Spartan Pride Stadium Project has sparked everything but school school spirit at Wyomissing Area High School. District officials are under fire, and now receiving threats and harassing messages.

"It's very ridiculous," said Matthew Clore, a freshman at the high school.

"It just seems like a very trivial thing to get that passionate about," said Wade Stallone, who lives in Wyomissing.

The school board president, Lesa Butera, alerted the public at Monday's school board meeting.

"The sad fact is that someone – or some group of individuals – has mailed over 23 anonymous post cards, letters and even one package to various school board members, school district administrators and even teachers," Butera said.

"I'm surprised it's gone that far. If it has, I'd like to see if they have any evidence," said Kevin Schroder, who is staunchly against the district building the fence.

Schroder lives directly across the street from the field and has a vested interest, but he said officials receiving threats is taking it too far.

"If that's happening, then that's embarrassing," said Schroder.

The fence feud has been going on for weeks. Neighbors posted signs in their yards and voiced their objections.

Now, school officials have alerted authorities and said nobody should have to fear going to their mailbox. The district attorney has launched an investigation, and police said they're taking the case seriously.

"I think the fence is a way of showing how wonderful our school is," said Clore.

"You can believe whatever you want, but I think you should keep it very civil," said Stallone.

School board members supported the fence, and cited recent incidents of vandalism and problems. Now, they've asked anyone with information regarding the threats to call police.