Mystery symbols posted at Portland high schools

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A strange symbol plastered across three Portland high schools is rattling students, parents and school officials.

The symbol, which refers you to a website with a countdown clock, was found at Cleveland, Grant and Lincoln High Schools within the past 24 hours.

The countdown ends on Wednesday March 11 at 11 a.m., but no one is quite sure what it means. A message was added late this morning indicating it is not malicious, but just a puzzle.

When you click on the countdown, a message pops up: “Welcome to the Portland Puzzle, a QR-based urban exploration project. The game will play out over the next couple of months across the great city of Portland. The first clue is on March 11th.”

“It’s clear this caused a stir,” Christine Miles with Portland Public Schools told KOIN 6 News. “Police are investigating, so whoever is responsible, we’re asking them to step forward. Make it right. Tell us what’s going on so we can send that out to parents.”

The FBI has said there is no threat related to the strange symbol case, but police are still investigating.

A Facebook page has been set up with information on the PPS mystery symbols.

KOIN 6 News will have more details as information becomes available.

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