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Baltimore County prep school closed early Thursday due to "inferred" racial threat

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Baltimore County police say Loyola Blakefield Peparatory Boys School in Towson closed early Thursday. On their Facebook page, police said school administrators reported Wednesday afternoon that a potentially threatening racist remark was scratched onto one of the bathroom stalls in Burk Hall. The remark suggested that no one of color should attend school on "Thursday." School administrators added that this was not the first incident of derogatory graffiti found this school year, but investigation regarding any prior incidents has been handled by the school administration. Loyola Blakefield Principal John Matinacci, advised that yesterday's incident was escalated in nature and the executive staff decided it necessary to report the incident and close the school for the safety of all students.

Baltimore County officers will continue to work with the school administration on the investigation into this incident and any prior incidents, as well as working with the school to develop a plan of action regarding safety precautions as they move forward, including an increased police presence at and around the school. No word on whether classes will resume Friday.