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Authorities probe threat at Orange High

Authorities are trying to determine who painted a threatening message on the outside of Orange High School that led to a delay in starting classes Wednesday.

The high school and Prospect Heights Middle School both opened two hours late due to the graffiti on an exterior wall at the high school. Although there was no threat at Prospect Heights, classes were delayed because students there ride the same buses as the high-schoolers.

The threatening message was discovered by Orange Town Police during a routine check at 2:05 a.m. Wednesday. Sheriff’s deputies checked the building and bomb-sniffing dogs from the state police and Culpeper and Spotsylvania counties were brought in.

The high school was declared safe for students and staff by 7:30 a.m. and classes began at 10 a.m., said Gene Kotulka, the system’s director of student services.

Orange County Sheriff Mark Amos said officers also discovered vandalism at the Town of Orange’s Public Works building and believe the two incidents are related.

“We have several good leads with this case and our investigators will be following each lead,” Amos said.

—Staff report