Investigation Launched After Threatening Note

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Members of the Hillsboro Police Department were on the Hillsboro High School campus Wednesday, May 22, after a student discovered a threatening note scrawled on a bathroom wall.

The note, "Imma shoot up the school," written in the mortar between blocks on a boy's bathroom wall in the business department was discovered by a student who reported it at about 9:42 a.m.

According to Superintendent David Powell, law enforcement was immediately contacted to investigate. The superintendent sent out a telephone message to parents of high school students at 10:57 a.m.

"We've interviewed a number of students," Hillsboro Police Chief Randy Leetham said. Hillsboro police remained on campus throughout the school day.

At the end of the school day, Powell sent another telephone message to parents of students, saying that police were unable to identify with certainty the person who wrote the note.

"Police believe none of the students suspected of possibly authoring the note pose any actual threat," Powell said, adding that police will be on campus for the final two days of school, Thursday and Friday.  "But other than that, we plan for a normal school day."

"We plan to be there as a presence," Leetham said. Anyone with information about the incident should contact the Hillsboro Police Department at 217-532-6129.

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