Assistant principal charged in alleged hoax


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Jun 3, 2003
Assistant principal charged in alleged hoax
Pasadena Star News |
"An assistant principal at San Marino High School was arrested Tuesday for allegedly sending herself 39 threatening letters, which prosecutors say she claimed were sent by students. Mary Andrea Mitchel, 41, could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted on all 123 charges... The letters began arriving in March 2003 and continued through November, [Deputy District Attorney Shelly Torrealba] said. In that time, Mitchel was given escorts and surveillance, Torrealba said. Police also called upon the FBI, the South Pasadena Police Department and U.S. Postal Service investigators to assist in the investigation. At one point, officers were searching all mail that arrived at San Marino High School to screen out threatening letters addressed to Mitchel... Torrealba said the letters were typed, and a couple of them contained white powder ."