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Former private school principal arrested in Johnsburg

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Pamela Dvonch

JOHNSBURG – A former private school principal in Johnsburg has been arrested after she sent “offensive” letters to parents of students, according to the Johnsburg Police Department.

Pamela Dvonch, 63, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Sunday in connection with at least 16 letters recently sent to parents of students at St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

The letters – a sheet of paper in an envelope with a few words on it – forced authorities to post police officers at the school April 2 as a precautionary measure.

The cards were sent to parents on the school’s parent advisory board and fundraising committee, as well as the pastor at the church and a separate parishioner, Johnsburg Police Chief Keith Von Allmen said. The cards were homemade.

An investigation later linked Dvonch to the letters, and she surrendered to police Sunday. She previously worked at the school for more than 20 years.

“Inside the cards, there were offensive statements directed at the parent,” Von Allmen previously told the Northwest Herald. “I want to make it clear that it was not a threatening comment.”

Dvonch was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct because of to the disruption the letters caused at the school, Von Allmen said Monday.

“Disorderly conduct is a breach of the peace,” he said. “The disruption that occurred at the school was caused by these letters.” Current Principal Maureen Jackson confirmed Monday that Dvonch was a former principal at the school.

St. John the Baptist Catholic School includes preschool through eighth grade, and draws students from Johnsburg, McHenry, Spring Grove, Richmond, Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Volo and Wonder Lake, according to the school’s website. Dvonch has since posted bond and been released.

• Reporter Emily K. Coleman contributed to this report.

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