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Secret Service Looks Into Yearbook Prank

May 26, 2005

WIDEFIELD, Colo. (AP) _ Most Mesa Ridge High School students got yearbooks with a black mark under one student’s picture, covering up a phrase that has caught the Secret Service’s interest.

After about 100 yearbooks were distributed May 6, somebody complained about the caption, which reads ``most likely to assassinate President Bush.″ School officials asked students to return the yearbooks, and staff members used markers to cover up the words in those and the still-undistributed books.

``They kind of ruined our yearbook,″ said Christina Tredway, who just graduated from the school.

Widefield School District officials said it was a prank that wasn’t caught before the yearbooks were printed.

District spokesman James Drew said future yearbooks will be triple-checked before printing.

Lon Garner, special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver District, said all threats against the president must be investigated.

``That’s our mission,″ he said. ``That’s what we do.″

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