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Concern expressed after graffiti found on Merkel High School gym today

MERKEL, Texas - Police are investigating graffiti found Thursday morning on the Merkel High School gym.

Merkel ISD Superintendent Bill Hood said officials are on high alert as police focus on two suspects.

Hood confirmed several students went home after learning of the graffiti and that police officers will be on Merkel ISD campuses on Friday.  Abilene ISD and Wylie ISD will also have officers on all their campuses Friday because of a recent threat.

Similar graffiti was found on Abilene High School within the past two weeks, Hood said, adding the individuals being looked at are suspected of placing the graffiti at AHS.

The graffiti on the Merkel High gym has been removed, Hood said. He didn't provide details about the graffiti.

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