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Graffiti incites EMS investigation

Graffiti incites EMS investigation

An apparent gun scare at Earl Marriott Secondary drew RCMP to the South Surrey high school this week.

The school district’s Doug Strachan said it was a “pencil-scrawled” reference to a shooting that sparked the investigation.

“It didn’t say anything about a school,” Strachan said of the barely visible writing noticed on the wall of a stall in the boys’ washroom. “‘A shooting in three days’ is what it said.”

Strachan said a student reported the writing to a school official earlier this week. Police were at the school a number of times to investigate. Students were pulled from class and questioned. Lockers were searched as part of efforts to determine if a weapon was at the school.

Strachan said the discovery did not necessitate a lockdown situation, however, officials are doing due diligence.

“Everyone is satisfied this was nothing more than graffiti,” he said. “Something like this, you don’t just say, ‘OK, we’re finished.’ We’re satisfied the threat is not a credible threat.”

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