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05/05/04 - Tyler

Mysterious Letter Urges Student Absences

KLTV has obtained a letter received by at least one parent that hints kids in Tyler ISD might be home the rest of the week. The letter has no signature and no return address.

It reads in part: "The Tyler Independent School District is arbitrarily demoting black male administrators. The latest victim is Dr. Aubrey Todd, who has been reassigned from his principal position at John Tyler High School. We have a plan of action to put a stop to these discriminatory actions. We ask that you keep your child...out of school on May 5, 6, 7."

TISD says they feel the mailing label on that letter looks suspicious. Spokesman Cody Cunningham says it is remarkably similar to the labels the district uses to send mail to parents. He believes someone inside TISD may be connected to the letter.

Cunningham: "I would say that I'm 99.9% sure that label was created within the district."

TISD says it doesn't know who is behind the letter.

With the absence of more than 2,500 kids today, it will cost the district a lot of money. The state pays $15 per student per day. Today's absences add up to more than $37,000 the district will be out.

Cunningham says the biggest losers in all of this are the kids who are out of school just two weeks until the end of the school year.

Morgan Palmer, reporting.

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