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UPDATE: Fargo Police Continue Investigation after Story on School Security

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Fargo Police say they are continuing their investigation into a Valley News Live reporter for trespassing. On Monday, December 23, a Fargo investigator contacted reporter Mellaney Moore to say the department is moving forward with filing a report.

The action follows an investigation into school security by Moore and Valley News Live. Moore was able to walk through three elementary schools in Fargo, West Fargo and Moorhead with a camera and found security problems at all three schools.

Shortly after that story aired, police departments from all three cities said they were investigating Moore for trespassing on school grounds.  Last week, Fargo Public Schools sent a letter home to parents outlining changes to visitor procedures. Similar changes were also posted the Moorhead Public Schools District website in reaction to the investigative piece.


Fargo public schools have asked Fargo police to open an investigation into trespassing against a Valley News Live reporter less than a day after saying such a complaint was "unlikely." The complaint centers around a Valley News Live investigative story from earlier this week testing the security of three area elementary schools. Lt. Joel Vettel confirms Fargo superintendent Dr. Jeff Schatz asked for the investigation to be opened.

Vettel says Schatz provided investigators surveillance video of reporter Mellaney Moore making her way through the school ultimately speaking to a teacher. Moore says she left the school after asking to be directed to the office. Schatz told Valley News Live on Thursday that the security lapses were concerning and would be addressed. Friday, Moorhead schools also said they were reviewing security procedures following the story.

Valley News Live asked Doctor Schatz if he would be willing to discuss and show some of the security improvements Fargo schools are testing at their schools. Schatz declined the request.

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