MAQUOKETA, Iowa — Nothing suspicious or harmful was found during a sweep of Maquoketa Middle School on Thursday after graffiti was found in a restroom.

In a statement, Maquoketa Community Schools officials said, “Students are having an assembly now to discuss the seriousness of these kinds of concerns.”

“Now is a great time to speak with our child about how these things are not funny or taken as a joke,” district officials wrote. “We always take the safely of our students and staff seriously in Maquoketa.”

The school was evacuated after the graffiti was discovered and the students were moved to a “safe location,” school officials wrote in an earlier post.

This incident follows a spate of similar situations at the district’s high school.

Vague threatening messages were found in school restrooms three times in April. District officials ultimately decided to restrict access to most restrooms and later said the student who made the threats had been identified and that criminal action was pursued against the teen.

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