UPDATED: Aug. 30, 2018 at 5:38 p.m.

Ada High School was placed on administrative lockout Thursday after a threatening message was discovered on the walls of a maintenance building, school officials said.

Ada City Schools Superintendent Mike Anderson said the message was discovered by a teacher and several students who were outside working on a project at the time.

“They immediately reported what they’d found to school administrators who immediately reported it to me,” Anderson said. “We contacted law enforcement and made the decision to place the high school on administrative lockout while we investigated what was found.”

Anderson said Ada police responded quickly to the call, sending a school resource officer and additional officers to the high school campus.

Ada police stationed officers at the school for the remainder of the school day and increased patrols of campuses districtwide — a condition Anderson said would continue for several days as police and district officials continue to investigate.

Records provided by Ada police indicate gang-related graffiti was found on two walls of the school’s maintenance office, one of which contained the threat: “-A 8-30-18 everyone DIES…”

Records indicate an unspecified period of time later, Assistant Coach Wade Boyles received a text message that said: “nobody gets out alive.”

Ada police continue to investigate the threats and the number from which the text message was sent. In the meantime, an increased police presence will remain at the school.

“We’re going to take everything we see and hear seriously,” Anderson said. “We’re always going to take the safe road, and if we overreact, I can live with that. It’s better than the alternative.”

The district notified parents of the incident through mass-emails and automated phone calls, telling parents an increased police presence in and around the district.

would continue throughout the rest of the day and in the coming days as well.

“As always, the safety and well-being of our students and faculty is our highest priority,” Anderson said. “District officials and the Ada Police Department are monitoring the situation closely and investigating the circumstances thoroughly.”

Contact Carl Lewis at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com

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