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Suspicious graffiti found at school

February 14, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A suspicious "graffiti message" was found at E. Russell Hicks Middle School this morning, Washington County Public Schools Public Information Officer Carol Mowen said.

She said the "vague, suspicious note was found on the wall of one of the bathrooms" at about 8:30 a.m. School staff called the Hagerstown Police Department, which still had officers at the school by 9:30 a.m.

She said that at that time, the school was on a modified lockdown, meaning that students were not allowed unsupervised into the hallways as school staff and officers walked through the school.

"As a precaution, we follow up on anything suspicious," she said.

She said the school was not evacuated as a result of the message.

There were two similar incidences at Williamsport-area schools last week, she said.

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