A Franklin County High School student wrote racial slurs on bathroom walls and threatened the school, Sheriff Pat Melton said Thursday.
The racial slurs were found over the past few days, and Thursday morning, the writings threatened violence against the school, according to Melton's official Facebook page. The vandalism occurred in a boys bathroom.
"I want to reassure parents that we take any threat very seriously, and we will always do everything possible to keep our students and our school safe, as it is at this moment," according to the sheriff's post.
The sheriff's office helped the school identify the student, according to the Facebook page. The sheriff regularly stations a deputy in the school.
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"Based on our familiarity with our students, we identified a suspect and began interviewing him," according to the post. "That interview and several other pieces of evidence lead us to believe that he is indeed the person responsible for these acts."
Melton said the student is likely to be charged with criminal mischief. He also could be charged with terroristic threatening. The student could face additional discipline from the school.
The writings have been painted over.