‘ARE WE NEXT’ spray-painted on walkway at Wellesley Middle School

As students trickled into the entrance to begin their day, they were greeted by the words “ARE WE NEXT” in bold, orange letters, painted on the sidewalk. —Kelley Tuthill / Twitter

Wellesley Middle School officials are working with the town’s police department after a stark message was found spray-painted on the front walkway outside of the school building Tuesday morning.

As students trickled into the entrance to begin their day, they were greeted by the words “ARE WE NEXT” in bold, orange letters, according to Mark Ito, principal of Wellesley Middle School, who sent an e-mail to parents shortly after the graffiti was discovered.

“We are working with our facilities department to remove it and engaging our WPD, as we would for any suspicious act,” Ito wrote in the message, which was forwarded to the Globe. “Right now, we are settling in for our day. We are communicating with staff and students, and ensuring them of their safety.”

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