A Valparaiso man
carrying a knife and heroin was arrested on Friday after entering the Thomas
Jefferson Middle School through an unlocked door, Valparaiso Police said.
trespassing, possession of heroin, possession of a knife on school property,
and possession of a hypodermic was Jason Rasco, 39.
police, just prior to dismissal for the day the VPD was notified of a man
“walking around the school and attempting to get into the school.” At nearly
the same time a resident of the 1500 block of Lind Circle--located near the
Middle School--reported a male subject “acting suspiciously.”
“In both incidents
the description of the subject was similar,” police noted.
subsequently located inside the school by the Middle School’s school
resource officer and an assistant principal, police said.
“A pocket knife was
removed from the subject,” and Rasco explained that “he was looking for his
girlfriend’s children to walk them home after school,” police said.
Rasco managed to
enter the building through an unsecured back door, police added.
conducted a lock-in, as a result of this incident, and dismissal was briefly
delayed,” police said.