ORANGE COUNTY, VA—Two Orange County Public Schools opened on a two-hour delay Wednesday as law enforcement officials investigated threats painted outside one of the schools.
Prospect Heights Middle School and Orange County High School operated on a two-hour delay Wednesday, after graffiti that appeared to be threatening was discovered on three different building at Orange County High School, school officials said.
No written threats were found; however two different drawings, which law enforcement officials described as appearing to be threatening, were discovered at the school.
One of the drawings appeared to represent a dynamite stick blowing up, while another appeared to be that of a stick figure pointing a gun, according to officials.
The decision was made to operate Prospect Heights Middle School and Orange County High School on a two-hour delay so law enforcement officers could ensure the school was secure as well all allow time for the graffiti to be removed.
A threat was never made to Prospect Heights Middle School, and graffiti was not found at that location; however, as both school share the same bus route, the middle school operated on a delay.
The graffiti was discovered around 3 a.m. Wednesday during a routine check of the campus, law enforcement officials said.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating leads. Graffiti was also found on the Orange County Public Works building, and appears to have been done by the same suspect or suspects, according to officials.
Parents received a robo call from Orange County Schools, alerting them to the delay.
The following information was also posted to the school systems website:
"Please be advised that Prospect Heights Middle School and Orange County High School only will open 2 hours late on Wednesday, February 20. All other schools will open on time. The reason for the delay is to allow time for law enforcement to complete an investigation of threats that were painted on outside walls at the high school. Law enforcement officials are confident that both schools will be secure by the time students arrive."
All other county schools opened on time Wednesday.
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