- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

VALPARAISO, Ind. (AP) - A northwestern Indiana school superintendent says he’s reminding staff to make sure all school doors are securely closed following an incident where a man entered a school with heroin, a hypodermic needle and a pocketknife.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School students were locked in their classrooms Friday as a precaution after police said 39-year-old Jason Rasco entered the Valparaiso school through a rear door that was left ajar.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports (https://bit.ly/2nYKt8n ) police say Rasco said he was looking for his girlfriend’s children to walk home after school. He remained jailed Tuesday on trespassing and drug-related charges.

Court records don’t list an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Valparaiso Community Schools Superintendent Ric Frataccia says an assistant principal confronted Rasco after a teacher noticed him inside the school.

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Information from: The Times, https://www.nwitimes.com

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