District investigating threatening message left in high school restroom

Published 3:22 pm Tuesday, February 20, 2018

COLUMBUS — Polk County High School parents are reacting to a notice sent out Tuesday afternoon by Polk County School Administration offices.

The notice stated that they had received a report of a threatening message written on a school restroom wall.

Polk Schools Technology and Accountability Director David Scherping said they are currently investigating the matter.

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“We have increased police presence and will continue with police presence for a few days while the matter is under investigation,” Scherping said.

The notice was sent out on the same day as a student “walkout” protest, which they organized in response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which claimed the lives of 17 people.

School officials are asking that anyone with information to contact Polk County Schools administration at 828-894-6126.