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Graffiti results in Hickman High School lockdown

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | 3:44 p.m. CDT; updated 11:56 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA — A threat written in graffiti on a bathroom stall prompted a lockdown of Hickman High School early Wednesday morning.

No immediate threat was found, and the lockdown was lifted around 11 a.m. School officials were still trying to determine who wrote the message and when it was written.

Columbia Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said she did not know exactly what threat was made but that it didn't target a specific person.

"We take all those types of threats seriously, but we don't feel there is an immediate threat," Baumstark said.

School officials followed standard operating procedure after a custodian discovered the message written in a bathroom stall. The building then went on lockdown with restricted access to the school.

Although the lockdown was lifted, access to the school remained restricted Wednesday as the investigation continued. 

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.


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