Police: No danger to students following 'graffiti threat' at Huron High School

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Authorities believe there is no true threat to students after investigating a threatening message found at Huron High School.

The message, which read "school shooting October 31st", is not believed to be a valid threat, according to a joint statement released by the Huron Police Department and Huron School District Sup't. Terry Nebelsick Tuesday evening.

A student found the message written in pencil in a Huron High School boy's bathroom on or around Oct. 1. However, it was gone the next day, according to the statement.

Word of the message eventually made its way to a parent, who alerted school officials to threat on Oct. 18. Police verified that the student saw the graffiti, but were unable to confirm who wrote it.

Huron Police Chief Kevin Van Diepen and Sup't. Nebelsick both believe that the threat is not valid. It was written around the same time a similar widely-publicized threat at Brookings High School. Investigators believe the same student who wrote the graffiti returned and removed it on the same day.

Even though they do not believe it to be a true threat, authorities say additional officers will be on hand at the school Oct. 31 as a precaution.

Police are still looking for leads in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 605-353-8550.