Two Columbia School District Schools were locked down Tuesday morning, though officials said no credible threat was made against the schools.
Columbia Elementary was under full lockdown and Columbia Middle School was under a partial lockdown until about 10:30 a.m. Partial lockdown means middle school students with classes at nearby Columbia High School could leave the building for classes but only with escorting staff members.
Superintendent Lou Gates said the lockdown stemmed from a series of posts made to social networking site Facebook by an anonymous individual. The individual was attempting to friend students and other community members, and was posting racial slurs and hateful speech.
Those posts led some in the community to think a threat was being made against the schools, Gates said. While school officials and the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office didn't see a credible threat, precautions were taken to ensure student safety, he said.
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The Walla Walla Sheriff's Office is investigating, Gates said.