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Suspicious graffiti found at school

February 15, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD

A suspicious "graffiti message" was found Tuesday morning at E. Russell Hicks Middle School, 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 sent officers to the school.

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

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

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

There were two similar incidents in Williamsport last week, Mowen said.

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