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Clear Fork Middle School placed on lockdown after threat made to retaliate against racist promposal

Posted at 10:34 AM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 10:44:54-04

CLEAR FORK, Ohio — Clear Fork Middle School was placed on lockdown Friday morning after a 6th-grader heard another student say there was going to be a shooting at prom in retaliation against a racist promposal poster made a student at Clear Fork High School.

Clear Fork School Superintendent contacted the Richland County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 7:44 a.m. after she was contacted by a principal at the middle school who was contacted by a parent of a 6th-grade student.

A 6th-grader told his mother that he overheard a student make a comment Thursday that there was going to a be a shooting at prom in retaliation of another student making a promposal poster with a racist message.

In the picture that went viral earlier this week, a Clear Fork High School student stands beside a girl and holds a poster that reads, "If I was black I'd be picking cotton but I'm white so I'm picking u for prom?"

The 6th-grader was unable to identify the student that made the threat.

The middle school was placed on lockdown as a precaution until deputies could investigate. The lockdown was lifted at 9 a.m. after local authorities surveyed the school and found no credible threat.

Authorities said prom will go on as scheduled, but there will be additional security at the event.