School caught off guard with intruders

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

The security of Chiefland schools is being questioned by some after two unidentified men waltzed onto the campus of Chiefland Middle School Monday and entered the school through an unlocked door to a cafeteria full of children.

Jeremy Brandon Rossi, 20, and Thomas Patrick Kain, 21, both from South Florida, didn't harm anyone but began distributing flyers for a tent revival later that night in Bronson, according to Levy County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Scott Tummond Tuesday.

Tummond said Deputy Steve Ellis, who serves as a resource officer for the three Chiefland schools, responded immediately to a call about the intruders.

Both men were questioned, he said, and Ellis "ran a check on them." The two were escorted from school property without incident and told that they were not to come onto campus without first checking in at the front office.

Tummond said no report was made on the matter because "it was not noteworthy enough," though Ellis did fill out a report Tuesday afternoon that was provided to the Citizen.

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