FBI raids Vigo County School Corp. offices in Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — FBI agents raided the offices of the Vigo County School Corp. on Wednesday, sending employees home for at least four hours.

At least a dozen FBI agents entered the offices about 9:20 a.m. and cordoned off the parking lot outside the offices.

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WTHI-TV reports at least one FBI agent also was searching the school district’s transportation center at another location. Employees were turned away and an Indiana State Police officer said a building there was on lockdown. One FBI investigator was seen looking at one of the school buses parked there.

FBI spokeswoman Cathy Burton said the agency was “conducting investigative activity in the Terre Haute area, the nature of which I can’t disclose.” She said she could not comment further.

School Superintendent Danny Tanoos left the main district offices about 10:45 a.m. and drove away without commenting to reporters. No telephone number was listed for him, and he could not be reached for comment.

School corporation attorney Joe Etling told the Terre Haute Tribune-Star that he was called into the main offices Wednesday morning and knew what was going on but was unable to comment on the raid.

Worker Doug Dillion said, “I thought someone was pranking me.” However, he realized that was not the case and he joined others leaving the building.

Another employee, Penny O’Brien, said she was told they would have to be out of the building for at least four hours.

Workers got into their cars and drove away.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts said troopers “have been asked to accompany and assist the FBI in this matter” but he could not comment any further.

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